More on Building a Liquid Bomb

Impress your buddies, attract the unwanted attention of humourless BATF and FBI agents, and – perhaps literally – destroy your life and those around you in a handful of easy steps, as brought to you by Megalomania’s instructions on constructing a nice batch of “Mother of Satan”, acetone peroxide, the high-order explosive of choice for the Jihadi on a budget. Please, observe the proper safety precautions and do not make or use around people, animals, property, open flame, liquids, gases, solids, or plasma. Thanks.

(This is, of course, a follow-on to a previous set of instructions I posted previously.)

To a 500-mL beaker add 50 mL of acetone, then stir in 30 mL of 30% hydrogen peroxide. Place the beaker in a salt-ice bath and cool it to 5° C. After cooling, slowly add 3 mL of 75% sulfuric acid drop by drop with an eye dropper. Stir the mixture continuously while adding the acid, keep the temperature between 5° C to 10° C, stop adding acid if the temperature gets to high. It is very important that you moderate the reaction, high temperatures will lower your yield and cause the formation of the less useful dicyclo isomer. After adding all the acid, continue stirring for 5 minutes. Keep the mixture in the bath for 1 to 3 hours, or even up to 24 hours. After sitting, a white precipitate should have formed. Filter the mixture to collect the crystals, then wash them with 300-500 mL of water. Allow the crystals to dry before using, keep them damp if storing. For increased purity, add the precipitate to ethyl ether and let it dissolve. Place the ethyl ether solution in a separatory funnel and wash by shaking with three portions of cold water. Add the ethyl ether solution to a beaker and heat it on a steam bath to evaporate the ethyl ether. It should take about 3 hours to dry. You will need a graduated cylinder for measuring liquids, a stirring rod or magnetic stirrer for mixing, and a thermometer to monitor the temperature.

I would suggest making this explosive shortly before it is desired to use it as it is never wise to keep unstable primary explosives around too long. It can be stored rather safely under water for some time. If allowed to stand in the open it will vaporize after some weeks. If stored in a sealed container it may crystallize into the crevaces of the cap which could detonate from the friction of opening. Mixing with RDX, PETN, or picric acid will improve the stability of this explosive.

As you can see, this is an extraordinarily easy substance to make in, you know, the loo on a crowded airplane…

Published in: Geekiness, General | on August 12th, 2006| Comments Off on More on Building a Liquid Bomb

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