Moving out of ammonium nitrate from Chennai continues amid tight security

The second consignment of 229 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, stored at a Container Freight Station (CFS) in the city’s northern suburb of Manali, was transported to Hyderabad in 12 containers.

The first container with 180 tons of ammonium nitrate in 10 containers were safely transported on Sunday evening. The containers were accompanied by guards and were equipped with dry chemical powder fire extinguishers.

A Hyderabad-based explosives company has purchased 742 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, days after the massive blast in Lebanon’s Beirut where ammonium nitrate was the cause of huge destruction at the port that killed more than 200 lives. Salvo Explosives & Chemicals Private Ltd bought the consignment in a recent auction by the Chennai customs department.

A Shyam Sunder Reddy, MD of Salvo Explosives and Chemicals Private Ltd, said the ammonium nitrate would be stored in the company warehouse as per the instructions of government authorities.

A massive explosion that rocked Lebanon’s capital Beirut a few days ago, drew the attention of Indian authorities to a huge cache of explosives stocked at a depot near Chennai.

Finally, the customs department has identified a Hyderabad-based buyer for the 740 tonnes of ammonium nitrate. The combustible chemical is now being prepared to be taken to the premises of the Hyderabad-based buyer.

Post the Beirut explosion, 740 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at a container freight station in Chennai hogged headlines.

It was stored in various containers since 2015 after being seized by authorities from a firm in Tamil Nadu. Authorities found 37 containers with 20 tonne of the explosive chemical which was stored at the station.