low explosive


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low explosive

n
(Chemistry) an explosive of relatively low power, as used in firearms
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.low explosive - an explosive with a low rate of combustion
explosive - a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
firework, pyrotechnic - (usually plural) a device with an explosive that burns at a low rate and with colored flames; can be used to illuminate areas or send signals etc.
high explosive - a powerful chemical explosive that produces gas at a very high rate
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not the He told the court: "It is possible that even such poorly made low explosives could have functioned either partially or entirely."
Mr McDonald explained: "Sulphur is a fuel which can be used in conjunction with an oxidiser such as potassium nitrate to produce a low explosive composition.
It was packed with 359 nails, 93 ball bearings, 148 compressed low explosive spheres and 14 compressed low explosive pellets.
The IED had been packed with 359 nails, 93 ball bearings, 148 compressed low explosive spheres and 14 compressed low explosive pellets.
Black powder, also known as gunpowder, is a low explosive typically composed of 75 parts potassium nitrate, 15 parts charcoal and 10 parts sulphur and is a staple in all fireworks.
ATF classifies black powder as a low explosive, and both DEP and ATF regulate the purchase, sale and storage of black powder in Pennsylvania.
''It was a bomb blast, but we still don't know whether a high or low explosive one,'' local police chief Oegroseno told Metro TV.