Questions tagged [explosives]

Questions discussing explosive nature of chemicals. Also, consider using the safety tag.

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Ammonium nitrate in fuel-air bombs

Are there any fuel-air bombs / thermobaric weapons that utilise ammonium nitrate as a fuel? I know that BLU-82 is often mistakenly referred to as fuel-air bomb, so I became curious as to whether or ...
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What is involved in this firey demonstration?

In this rather shaky Facebook video (sorry I can't provide a better link), a science teacher takes a burning beaker of something and spills it out onto the floor. It then proceeds to shoot fire out ...
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Why is temperature regulation an important factor for producing explosives?

I was wondering why temperature regulation is an important factor for producing explosives. I know many are exothermic reactions but what would happen if you did not use an ice bath and allow the ...
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What chemical elements does a nuclear explosion release into its mushroom cloud?

I'm interested in the mushroom cloud produced by a nuclear explosion: What is it made of? I know that the uranium fission reaction is the following (from this web page) $$\ce{{}^{235}U + {}^1_0n -&...
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How can I Create an explosive with everyday used chemicals? [closed]

I would like to know How can i create a simple (Maybe Complex) Chemical that can be used as an explosive. I would like to use it to blast A regular cardboard box.
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Does mercury fulminate really look like crystal methamphetamine?

In the AMC series Breaking Bad , Walter (aka Heisenberg) smuggles in a bag of mercury fulminate under the guise of crystal methamphetamine and threatens to blow the room up if he doesn't get his money....
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Is it possible to make metal fulminates?

Is it possible to make fulminates such as: magnesium fulminate, copper fulminate, etc. by the metal + $\ce{HNO3}$ + $\ce{EtOH}$ reaction?
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Why do nitro groups confer explosive tendencies?

When suggesting nitration of an aromatic compound in the synthesis of some organic molecule, it was raised that this route should be avoided as to prevent things from going "ka boom." An explanation ...
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What happens when an explosion can't lead to volume increase of the thermodynamic system?

What if an explosion is not able to exit the container? Take a pipe bomb for example; assuming that the pipe bomb was hypothetically made out of such a strong material that the explosion is not able ...
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How ‘lively’ would this ‘health’ potion be?

I’ve stumbled across a rather peculiar recipe for a allegedly ‘health’ potion in a computer game, composed of an unspecified amount of each of the following: rust (iron oxide) saltpetre (potassium ...
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Safe explosion demonstrations

As an end of high school treat, my class is trying to convince our chemistry teacher to make an explosion as a demonstration. What sort of reactions are beautifully explosive but safe enough to do in ...
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How do we get rid of dangerous explosive acetone peroxide and nitroglycerine?

Imagine the police (or army or whoever's job is that) found out that some maniac placed a lot of primary explosives under a building. They have evacuated the building and deactivated the trigger. ...
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What really happens atomically in an explosion?

Let's say a room is filled with butane, I then throw a cigarette into the room. What happens to the atoms/molecules of the butane when they are in contact with the heat from the cigarette?
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Why do we need acid when making acetone peroxide?

Acetone peroxide is a very dangerous explosive, easily detonated by mild heating, friction or shock. It appears in the form of small white crystals. This compound forms from the mixture of hydrogen ...
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How explosive is hydrogen gas?

I want to electrolyze water to get oxygen and hydrogen. I want to mix them in a regular balloon and ignite it. How much hydrogen would you need in a 2:1 ratio with air for it to be dangerous? Is this ...
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Are highly nitrated cyclopentadiene compounds possible?

Has anybody synthesized di- or higher nitrated cyclopentadienes possibly with methyl or other groups in the 1 position (analogs of TNT)?
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What makes substances explosive

Can someone explain clearly to me why some things are explosive?
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Detonation and deflagration

I understand that deflagration is slower and smoother than a detonation, but can't a deflagration be used to initiate detonations of other explosive agents?
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Which chemical properties make a substance explosive?

I know that some chemical substances are used as explosives. Amongst the most famous nitroglycerin in dynamite and cyclonite in C-4. Which chemical properties (I suspect that physical properties have ...
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Why can sulfur act like a catalyst?

In the reaction of combustion of gunpowder, Sulfur is used to speed up the reaction and acts like a catalyst in that it increases the rate of reaction. However, unlike a catalyst, it is used up in ...
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Why shouldn't Uranium come in contact with water?

In the documentary about Chernobyl, it was mentioned that Uranium should not come in contact with water, otherwise an explosion occurs. What is the reason for that? What kind of reaction makes it ...
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Homemade Rocket Fuel and Engine

I want to put an action figure in orbit but I need to know how to make a secure yet not too expensive rocket fuel engine. The design of the engine must very primitive and not too complicated. I've ...
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What exactly is happening when sodium, potassium, or other alkali metal explodes in water?

There are lots of videos on YouTube showing sodium, potassium, etc. exploding when dropped into water (this, for example). I understand that when an alkali metal is exposed to water, a violent ...
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Products of HMTD decomposition

Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, "Hex" for short, is an explosive organic compound. I want to know the products of this reaction: $$\ce{C_6H_{12}N_2O_6 -> ? + Energy}$$
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Why are peroxides explosive?

Why do peroxides tend to explode with little provocation? In general, what are typical products of their explosion?
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What makes diazo compounds so unstable and explosive?

I once had an Orgo TA refer to a diazo compound as "diazo-boom-boom" (the technical term). I have always been curious as to the reason behind the instability and reactivity. According to Wikipedia ...