# What chemical explosives detonate when exposed to alpha particles or nuclear fission products?

Wikipedia's article on nitrogen triiodide $$\ce{NI3}$$ claims that

Nitrogen triiodide is also notable for being the only known chemical explosive that detonates when exposed to alpha particles and nuclear fission products

referring to the article published 60 years ago [1]. Are there any other examples of chemical explosives capable of that discovered afterwards, or is it still a prerogative of nitrogen triiodide?

### References

1. Bowden F. P.; Young D. A. The Initiation of Explosion by Neutrons, α-Particles and Fission Products. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences 1958, 246 (1245), 216–219. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.1958.0123.
• Meh, even IR may lead to explosion blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2013/01/09/… – Mithoron Dec 28 '18 at 17:08
• @Mithoron The effect mentioned in this blog is thermal (a Raman laser is rather high-power). Not what the question and the paper cited in it is about. – Karl Dec 28 '18 at 22:41

My list of suspects would thus include organic ozonides, peroxides, azides, tetrazoles and other compounds that only contain CNOH. Number 1: solid $$\ce{H2O2}$$.