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Shock Sensitive Chemicals

The following materials are shock-sensitive, and may decompose violently if struck or heated. Solids are also prone to explosive decomposition if ground, for example with pestle and mortar. A few of the materials listed are not, of themselves, explosive, but mixtures of them with combustible material such as organic reagents, may be dangerous.

The above table provides examples of peroxide-forming and/or shock sensitive chemicals only and is not an inclusive list. Consult Material Safety Data Sheets for information on the peroxide-forming potential and shock sensitivity of specific chemicals.

  • acetaldehyde
  • ammonal
  • ammonium picrate
  • butyl tetryl
  • cumene
  • cyclohexane
  • diethyl Ether
  • dinitroglycerine
  • dinitrophenyl hydrazine
  • dipcrylamine
  • ethylene glycol dimethyl
  • ethyl vinyl eter
  • fulmanating platinum
  • guanyl nitrosamino
  • guanylidene
  • heavy metal azide
  • hexanitrostilbene
  • isopropyl ether
  • lead mononitroresorcinate
  • lead styphnate
  • mannitol hexanitrate
  • mercury oxalate
  • nitrated carbohydrate
  • nitrogen triiodide
  • nitroglycide
  • nitromethane
  • nitrotoluene
  • organic peroxides
  • picramic acid
  • polynitro aliphatic compounds
  • potassium perchlorate
  • silver azide
  • silver tetrazene
  • sodium perchlorate
  • syphnic acid
  • tetranitrocarbazole
  • triethylene glucol divinyl ether
  • trinit
  • trinitrobenzene
  • trinitro-meta-cresol
  • trinitrophloroglucinol
  • urea nitrate
  • aluminun ophorite explosive
  • ammonium nitrate
  • benzoyl peroxide
  • calcium nitrate
  • cyanuric triazide
  • cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine
  • dinitroresorcinol
  • dinitrophenol
  • dinitrotoluene
  • dipicryl sulfone
  • ether
  • fulminating mercury
  • fulminating silver
  • guanyltetrazene
  • hydrazine
  • hexanite
  • hexogen
  • lead azide
  • ead picrate
  • magnesium ophorite
  • mercury oxalate
  • mercury tartrate
  • nitrated glucoside
  • nitrogen trichloride
  • nitroglycol
  • nitronium perchlorate
  • nitrourea
  • organic nitramines
  • picramide
  • picryl chloride
  • potassium metal
  • robenzoic acid
  • silver fulminate
  • sodatol
  • sodium dinitro-ortho-cresolate
  • sodium picramate
  • tert-butyl hydroperoxide
  • tetraze
  • trimethylolethane
  • trinitroresorcinol
  • trinitrobenzoic aci
  • trinitronaphthalene
  • trinitrotoluene (TNT)
  • vinyl chloride
  • amatol
  • ammonium perchlorate
  • 2-Butanol
  • copper acetylide
  • cyanogen Bromide
  • dicyclopentadiene
  • dinitroethyleneurea
  • dinitrophenolates
  • dioxane
  • erythritol tetranitrate
  • ethyl ether
  • fulminating gold
  • gelatinized nitrocellulose
  • guanyl nitrosamino
  • hydrazoic acid
  • hexanitrodiphenylamine
  • hyrazinium nitrate
  • lead mannite
  • lead salts
  • magnesium perchlorate
  • mercury fulminate
  • mononitrotoluene
  • nitrated polyhydric alcohol
  • nitroglycerin
  • nitroguanidine
  • nitroparaffins
  • organic amine nitrates
  • perchloric acid
  • picratol
  • picryl fluoride
  • potassium nitroaminotetrazole
  • silver acetylide
  • silver styphnate
  • sodium amatol sodium nitrate/potassium nitrate (Mixture)
  • styrene
  • tetrahydrofuran (THF)
  • tetrytol
  • trimonite
  • trinitroanisole
  • trinitrocresol
  • trinitrophenetol
  • urea ammonium nitrate
  • vinylidene chloride acetylides

Shock sensitive materials should be kept to a minimum by maintaining proper inventory consistent with the rate of use. Inventory is also important in order to dispose of chemicals which tend to form unstable materials with age, such as ethers, or materials which become dangerous when they become dehydrated, such as picric acids. Shock-sensitive materials should be stored in a cool, dry area, and protected from heat and shock. During storage, the materials should be segregated from incompatible materials including flammables and corrosives. Materials which are used specifically because of their explosive properties should be treated as an explosive of the appropriate class and kept in a explosive proof locker or the equivalent storage area.