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Indian authorities wake up after Beirut blast, CBIC directs all Customs offices to ensure safety of explosive material

Amid concerns over 700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate lying at Chennai port, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) has directed its field offices across the country to immediately verify and confirm within 48 hours safety of such hazardous and explosive material.

The direction issued by the CBIC comes after the massive explosion in Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday. The blast that has killed at least 137 people and injured over 4,000 was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut port.

It has now come to light that several containers of ammonium nitrate, containing nearly 700 tonnes of the chemical, are lying at a private container frieght stattion in Chennai.