Re: OK Blast

Eugene Leitl (
Tue, 6 Aug 1996 12:00:28 +0200 (MET DST)

On Mon, 5 Aug 1996 wrote:
> [ANFO details]

Though this is the extropian list, I would restrain from publishing exact
mixture compositions. This won't prevent determined people from getting
the information of course -- but it can save some lives in case some
dumbass kid or an aspiring terrorist acts upon the recipe.

In direct violation to the above: John, you forgot mentioning the
blasting caps ;)

> [ ship loaded with ammonium nitrate exploded ]

Since we are at that: the largest nonnuclear explosion in the human
history (at BASF in Ludwidshafen?), was caused by a large amount of
pure ammonia nitriate, where about 1 kT detonated, causing a very large
crater and very high bodycount. The explosion was primed by dynamite
charges which were meant to loosen the baked-together powder.

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