PETN

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PETN

 (pē′ē′tē′ĕn′)
n.
A highly explosive chemical, C5H8N4O12, used in ammunition, detonators, and plastic explosives.

[p(enta)e(rythritol) t(etra)n(itrate).]
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On January 7 a grand jury in Detroit was told that Abdulmutallab intended to destroy the plane by injecting chemicals into a package of pentrite explosive concealed in his underwear "at a time of his choosing".
Ms Ter Horst said Abdulmutallab allegedly assembled the explosive device, including 80g of Pentrite, or PETN, in the aircraft toilet and had planned to detonate it with a syringe of chemicals.
The substance, which has been identified as pentrite, was hidden between two seats and did not contain a detonator.