Safety concerns related to the storage of ammonium nitrate, in the shadow of the chemical’s explosion in Beirut, have been addressed as the substance has been auctioned online and is being shipped to Hyderabad, officials said on Sunday. sources.
697 tons of the chemical were kept at the container freight station near Chennai, sources said, adding that the chemical’s online auction has ended.
The disposal of the cargo will be done in a short time while respecting the safety regulations, they said.
Some containers containing the chemical have already left for Hyderabad, police sources said.
The substance was seized in 2015 under the Customs Act of 1962.
The cargo was then held at the freight station about 12 miles outside of town and there was no residential area near the storage area, they said.
The chemical was seized from an importer based in Tamil Nadu who allegedly said the substance was fertilizer grade despite being explosive grade, customs officials said.
The shipment, imported from South Korea, was stored safely given the dangerous nature of the substance, they said in a statement.
Following the seizure, the importer’s license was canceled, they said.
While seven tons of the chemical were spoiled in the December 2015 flood, the remaining 690 tons were to be auctioned electronically, he said.
The explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate on August 4 in the Lebanese port city of Beirut killed 135 people and injured around 4,000 people and triggered safety concerns over the storage of the chemical near Chennai.
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