Sodium Nitrate confiscated from a ship a year ago and stored in a warehouse could have caused today's explosion in Beirut, Reports Say.

Iran PressMiddle East: Sodium nitrate confiscated from one of the ships over a year ago could have exploded causing the massive deadly explosion on Tuesday in the port of Beirut, the Lebanese LBCI TV channel reported, citing sources.

Earlier in the day, the head of the Lebanese General Security Directorate, Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, refuted the version of pyrotechnics exploding in the port of Beirut, saying that these were other explosives that had been stored for a long time.

According to the LBCI’s sources, Ibrahim was talking about confiscated sodium nitrate.