Acetone peroxide is a primary high explosive. It is the product of the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and acetone and is an acid catalyst. It is notable for being a high explosive that does not contain nitrogen, but is very unstable and typically too dangerous for practical uses in an impure form. The oxidization that occurs when burning is:
2 C9H18O6 + 21 O2 --> 18 H2O + 18 CO2
These are some photos of the exothermic reaction:
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The video below is the final result, which shows 0.5 grams of acetone peroxide detonated in a metal container emerged in water.
- This is for demonstration purposes only: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
- I am not responsible for any damage or harm you cause!
- This is a high explosive! Explosives are dangerous and illegal in many countries.
Out of respect to the victims of the Brussels bombing, this article has been edited to remove instructions on how to create Acetone Peroxide at home.