An explosion in Lebanon creates tension amongst citizens

The explosion in Beirut, Lebanon that occurred August 4, 2020 was seemingly caused by a large amount of ammonium nitrate. This explosion caused an estimated 190 deaths, 6,500 injuries and 10-15 billion U.S. dollars in property damage. More than 300,000 people were left homeless. There was no warning before this explosion. 

Anger and protests roared over this explosion, and many called for government officials to resign. For example, the prime minister of Lebanon Hassan Diab resigned from office as a result of such political pressure. Protesters have argued that the government could have prevented the explosion due to their knowledge about its location. The Lebanese government declared a two week state of emergency.