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236 gun cotton and fulminate of mercury
 

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236 gun cotton and fulminate of mercury

236 gun cotton and fulminate of mercury

“His first day on the job he told reporters that the explosive used on Municipal Station No. 2 was very sophisticated, a combination of gun cotton and fulminate of mercury that could only have been concocted by someone who knew his stuff, which Coalhouse Walker, a piano player, did not.”

The combination of gun cotton and fulminate of mercury creates a very powerful and dangerous explosive. “If a cap, primer, or a fuse of some detonating substance such as mercury fulminate is set off in contact with the gun cotton, the latter will be detonated. A stick of dynamite can be set on fire with a match without great danger but will explode with shattering force in response to a fulminate cap.” This was the method used to blow up Municipal Station No. 2.

Fulminate of Mercury  Gun Cotton

Although it was not stated, the explosives wired around J.P. Morgan’s house were also made of gun cotton and fulminate of mercury. Small charges of sensitive explosives can explode from a propelling charge by a detonator. Coalhouse Walker Jr. kept his hands on the detonator that would have blown up J.P. Morgan’s estate.

There are three basic types of explosives; mechanical, nuclear, and chemical. Physical reactions are how mechanical explosions develop. Nuclear explosions take place based off of nuclear reactions, which release large amounts of energy. All explosive applications in engineering are chemical explosives.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2011 12:25  

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