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Explosive and Reactive Chemicals

Examples of chemicals that may explode when subjected to heat, shock or friction:
  • Picrates, especially salts of transition and heavy metals such as nickel, lead, mercury, copper, and zinc
  • Picric acid, when dry
  • Azides, including metal, nonmetal, and organic azides
  • Chlorite salts of metals, such as silver chlorite, mercuric chlorite
  • Diazo compounds
  • Diazonium salts, when dry
  • Polynitro compounds such as tetranitromethane
  • Dinitroacetonitrile, and trinitrobenzene                          

Examples of chemicals that form explosive peroxides over time after exposure to air:       

  • Diisopropyl ether (isopropyl ether), Diethyl ether (ether)
  • Divinyl ether, Divinyl acetylene, Vinylidene  chloride,
  • Sodium amide, Potassium amide, and Potassium metal



This page was last updated on Nov 27, 2012