science Beirut Explosion and Ammonium Nitrate: What Caused the Devastating Explosion Even though ammonium nitrate itself is pretty much stable, it acts as a strong oxidizing agent. In simple words, it acts as a good source of oxygen. Naim Uddin Forhad Naim is a scientist. He has a broad set of interests. He likes modern science, technology, art, philosophy and entrepreneurial thoughts and ideas. Contact email: email@example.com More posts by Naim Uddin Forhad. Naim Uddin Forhad 7 Aug 2020 • 3 min read Subscribe to Utopia Educators Get the latest posts delivered right to your inbox Subscribe Great! Check your inbox and click the link to confirm your subscription. Please enter a valid email address!