Re: Chem: Silicon Explosives now

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Fri Aug 03 2001 - 08:09:49 MDT

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> On Fri, 3 Aug 2001, Christian Weisgerber wrote:
> > Surprise. Liquid oxygen plus coal dust, sawdust, etc has already been
> > used as an explosive in mining around the time of WWI.
> It was also used during WWII in the Soviet Union. Cryotrap with organics
> condensing oxygen due to a leak is the bane of every experimental chemist.
> Blue cryotrap spell "UH-OH". I've never seen one blow, but people say it's
> spectacular.

Well, generally, yes, unless, of course, it happens to be LOX dripping
onto a fellow's highly shined, spit polished combat boots. Instant
amputation, followed shortly by court martial for destroying government
property. (old story from the Air Force days)

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