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Hazardous Waste Management Manual - Appendices

POTENTIALLY EXPLOSIVE CHEMICALS

The following is a partial list of chemical compounds and mixtures that are known to have explosive properties (also see SOP for explosive chemicals (pdf format)):

  • Alkali metal dinitrophenolates (dry or containing less than 15 percent water, by mass)

  • Ammonium nitrate-fuel oil mixture

  • Ammonium nitrate mixtures (containing more than 0.2 percent combustible substances)

  • Ammonium perchlorate

  • Ammonium picrate (dry or containing less than 10 percent water, by mass)

  • Azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN)

  • Barium azide (dry or containing less than 50 percent water, by mass)

  • Barium styphnate

  • Cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine

  • Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine

  • Deflagrating metal salts of aromatic nitro derivatives

  • 2-Diazo-1-naphthol-4-sulfonyl chloride

  • 1-Diazo-2-naphthol-4-sulfonyl chloride

  • Diazodinitrophenol (containing less than 40 percent water or a mixture of alcohol and water, by mass)

  • Diethylene glycol dinitrate

  • Dinitroglycoluril (Dingu)

  • Dinitrophenol (dry or containing less than 15 percent water, by mass)

  • Dinitroresorcinol (dry or containing less than 15 percent water, by mass)

  • N,N'-Dinitroso-N,N'-dimethylterephthalamide

  • N,N'-Dinitrosopentamethylenetetraamine

  • Dinitrosobenzene

  • Dipicryl sulfide (dry or containing less than 10 percent water, by mass)

  • Guanyl nitrosaminoguanylidene hydrazine (containing less than 30 percent water, by mass)

  • Guanyl nitrosaminoguanyltetrazene (containing less than 30 percent water or a mixture of alcohol and water, by mass)

  • Hexanitrodiphenylamine (Dipicrylamine; Hexyl)

  • Hexanitrostilbene

  • Hexatonal

  • Hexolite (dry or containing less than 15 percent water, by mass)

  • Lead azide (containing less than 20 percent water or a mixture of alcohol and water, by mass)

  • Lead mononitroresorcinate

  • Lead styphnate (lead trinitroresorcinate) (containing less than 20 percent water or a mixture of alcohol and water, by mass)

  • Mannitol hexanitrate (Nitromannite) (containing less than 40 percent water or mixture of alcohol and water, by mass)

  • 5-Mercaptotetrazol-1-acetic acid

  • Mercury fulminate (containing less than 20 percent water or mixture of alcohol and water, by mass)

  • Nitrourea

  • 5-Nitrobenzotriazole

  • Nitrocellulose (dry or containing less than 25 percent water or alcohol, by mass or plasticized with less than 18 percent plasticizing substance, by mass)

  • Nitroglycerin (containing less than 40 percent of a non-volatile water insoluble desensitizer, by mass or containing less than 90 percent alcohol, by mass)

  • Nitroguanidine (Picrite) (dry or containing less than 20 percent water, by mass)

  • Nitrosoguanidine

  • Nitrostarch (dry or containing less than 20 percent water, by mass)

  • Nitrotriazolone (NTO)

  • Octolite (Octol) (dry or containing less than 15 percent water, by mass)

  • Pentaerythritol tetranitrate (pentaerythrite tetranitrate, PETN) (containing less than 25 percent water, by mass or containing less than 7 percent wax, by mass or containing less than 15 percent of a suitable desensitizer, by mass)

  • Pentolite (dry or containing less than 15 percent water, by mass)

  • Potassium salts of aromatic nitro-derivatives, explosive.

  • RDX and HMX mixtures (containing less than 15 percent water, by mass or containing less than  10 percent of a suitable desensitizer, by mass)

  • Sodium dinitro-o-cresolate (dry or containing less than 15 percent water, by mass)

  • Sodium picramate (dry or containing less than 20 percent water, by mass)

  • Sodium salts of aromatic nitro-derivatives

  • Tetranitroaniline

  • Tetrazol-1-acetic acid

  • Trinitro-m-cresol

  • Trinitroaniline (picramide)

  • Trinitroanisole

  • Trinitrobenzene (dry or containing less than 30 percent water, by mass)

  • Trinitrobenzenesulfonic acid

  • Trinitrobenzoic acid (dry or containing less than 30 percent water, by mass)

  • Trinitrochlorobenzene (picryl chloride)

  • Trinitrofluorenone

  • Trinitronaphthalene

  • Trinitrophenetole

  • Trinitrophenol (picric acid) (dry or containing less than 30 percent water, by mass)

  • Trinitrophenylmethylnitramine (tetryl)

  • Trinitroresorcinol (styphnic acid) (dry or containing less than 20 percent water, or mixture of alcohol and water, by mass)

  • Trinitrotoluene (TNT) (dry or containing less than 30 percent water, by mass)

  • Tritonal

  • Urea nitrate (dry or containing less than 20 percent water, by mass)

  • Zirconium picramate (dry or containing less than 20 percent water, by mass)

 


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