President Michel Aoun has formed a government committee to investigate the blast, which killed more than 150 people, injured more than 5,000, and damaged properties as far as six miles away. It is thought it was caused by a fire that ignited 2,750 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a warehouse at the port for more than six years.

The government has detained a number port managers and employees. However, many people responded to with skepticism to the announcement of the investigation, and there have been calls for an independent inquiry with a focus on the government’s responsibility for the events leading up to the explosion.