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  •  It will explode if you shock it hard enough (0+ / 0-)

    I saw a table where they were letting a weight free fall onto samples of different explosives. They recorded the minimum height required to create an explosion. Nitroglycerine was something ridiculous like one inch. Ammonium Nitrate was something equally as ridiculous like 100 inches.

    This was in a book that I had decades ago. I can't find a similar table online. All I could find was a government document where they were exploding it by shooting bullets at it.

    No explosive is immune to shock.

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