The massive explosion that rocked Beirut earlier this week was horrifying.
We have now found out, however, it was also quite avoidable.
Reports are now surfacing that the materials responsible for the explosion were originally brought to Beirut via a Russian cargo ship.
A Floating Bomb
The ammonium nitrate that blew up was reportedly aboard the Russian vessel MV Rhosus that arrived in Beirut in 2013.
At the time, there were financial problems that caused the ship and her crew to be stuck at the Beirut port for about a year until the crew was finally repatriated to Russia.
The cargo was eventually removed from the ship in 2015 and placed in a port warehouse, but it was never properly stored.
The explosion this week has caused damage to Beirut estimated to be between $10 and $15 billion.
Nearly 300,000 people are now also homeless in the city.
You can read the full report on Fox News.