There have been other ammonium nitrate blasts at plants around the world. Would cause a hell of a mess for Stockton, Carrington, Kooragang, the CBD and associated industry such as all the coal loaders on Kooragang and Port Waratah.
Yes, it sure would, but as I understand it, there have to be quite a number of things go wrong before it goes bang.
I do wonder though, why Lebanon needed thousands of tons of the stuff. Do they have a mining industry?
Was working at Ulan, coal mining area north of Mudgee NSW, earlier this year when a lightning strike IIRC started a bushfire that was blowing towards the Orica explosives facility there, just south of town, was big air tanker and smaller crop duster size tankers there quick smart.
One of the mines there is on a place I used to hunt, back when it was stocked with beef cattle. It was a great place for rabbits, foxes, goats, pigs and the odd deer before it became a massive hole in the ground. We used to find coal in the creek beds, and the coal trains went right through the place, so it was inevitable really I guess. Made me sad when I went back there to do some work for one of the contractors though.