NFPA Chemical/Industrial Expert to Discuss Ammonium Nitrate During Latin American Webinar

Blog Post created by cathylongley Employee on Aug 19, 2020


Before he rides off into the sunset and begins to enjoy a well-deserved retirement, NFPA Director of Engineering and resident industrial/chemical expert Guy Colonna will conduct a webinar for stakeholders in Latin America on Monday, August 24 at 8pm EDT – 19:00 Mexico City local time. Colonna will join Jaime Gutiérrez, new NFPA international development director for Latin America, on his show Dialogues in México from Home for a discussion about the role of ammonium nitrate in the catastrophic Beirut explosion – and appropriate safety management of the chemical compound.


Colonna recently explained during an NFPA video blog and an NFPA podcast that ammonium nitrate is generally used to make fertilizers and explosives. It does not, however, burn on its own which indicates that there were likely multiple safety fails that lead to the devastating blow in Beirut.  Based on news reports, the August 4th disaster appears to have resulted because some of the critical components of the NFPA Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem were blatantly disregarded or overlooked.


Colonna will offer guidance on safely handling ammonium nitrate and address myths about the chemical during a short webinar which will be conducted in English with Gutiérrez translating and facilitating a Q & A session.


Register for this webinar today and make plans to tune in on Monday.