Explosives | Writer’s Resource

Note: All information is for writing purposes only. 

This will be explaining multiple parts of an explosion. The works of making an atomic bomb, a homemade explosives, and analyzing an explosion.

Explosions are part of the real world and we can’t ignore them in literature.Whether the literature is about war, terrorism, personal attacks, crime investigations, or anything else.

Atomic Bombs

E = mc^2

Above is one of Einstein’s formula. As we may know, it means energy equals mass times the speed of light squared. In simple terms, energy can become matter or matter can become energy. the_sun1

Now, let us look at our precious sun. We know that it gets its energy from fusion. The combination or fusion of two atoms. This creates an explosion much greater than any TNT on earth.

However, can humans recreate this power?

We did through a method called fission. Instead of combining two atoms, we ripped the atom apart to collect the energy.

Now, how can you put fission into a bomb. Well, they use Uranium, though Plutonium can also be acceptable. They are extremely radioactive and  produce enough energy that they can tear atoms apart. For the bomb, they keep the Uranium or Plutonium in a compressed state for a long period of time.

There are two methods of this, the gun method and implosion design.

To learn more please go to the resource link number 3.

Homemade Explosives.

Homemade explosives are explosives made from materials you either have or can easily obtain.

Examples of such materials are Ammonia, Chlorine Bleach, Nitric Acid, Hydrogen Peroxide, Acetone Peroxide, Ethyl Alcohol, Gasoline, and Motor Oil.

Most of these explosives are contained in a plastic bottle for compression.

To see a list of possible homemade explosives check out uscrow.org, also know as Resource 2 or check out the youtube video for an ammonia chlorine explosive.

Analyzing an Explosion

When something explodes, there are fragments. Whatever was containing the chemical compound was torn apart and if it was a large explosives so was everything else around it.

The first thing that is done is to collect the fragments. After that they’ll analyze with a handheld chemical detection device to determine what kind of explosive it was. That device is usually an IMS or ion mobility spectrometer.

Keep in mind usually when an explosive is being investigate, there is a search team ensuring there are no other explosives in the area that could go off.

Those who usually work on the analysis  is usually a chemist or a explosive device specialists.

To learn more please go to the resource link number 1.


Note: All information is for writing purposes only.

It is recommended to check out these resources for more information.

  1. http://www.forensicsciencesimplified.org/explosives/how.html
  2. http://uscrow.org/2013/03/13/homemade-explosives-guide-for-after-the-shtf/
  3. http://www.unmuseum.org/buildabomb.htm


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