Beirut was lucky says German firm clearing Beirut blast-hit port

After a blast of historic proportions at Beirut’s port last year, Lebanon only escaped a second chemical inferno by chance, the German company clearing the dockside has said. Michael Wentler, a chemical expert managing Combi Lift’s Beirut operation, said thousands of litres of dangerous substances stored in decaying containers for more than a decade at the port had turned the area into a minefield of chemical hazards. “We found substances that, if mixed together, would lead to an explosion,” he told AFP on Wednesday, recounting an assignment he said compared to no other. “The port is lucky, be…

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