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Texas explosion: What makes ammonia-based fertilizer so dangerous?

Published April 18, 2013 9:43 am

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An explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant is just the latest incident involving ammonia-based fertilizer.

What makes fertilizer so dangerous?

An explosion at a West, Texas fertilizer plant is just the latest incident involving the fertilizer ammonium nitrate.Chemical fertilizers are used all over the world and are vital to feeding people, so it seems nearly paradoxical that they can so easily take people's lives, even if there's no criminal intent involved.Over the years, there have been deadly explosions at numerous fertilizer plants, not just in the United States.So, what makes fertilizers so dangerous?What it's made ofAmmonium nitrate. (Hotdealss.com)The chemical fertilizer ...

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