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From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
It is unusual in that its best explosive performance is at high, not low, porosity.
In one memorable blast at an ammonium perchlorate factory in 1988, 2 people were killed and 372 injured in Henderson, Nevada when approximately 4000 tons detonated. The intensity was compounded by a high-pressure natural gas line running under the poorly chosen factory site.
- ↑ Donna Price, A. R. Clairmont, Jr., and I. Jaffe, Explosive Behavior of Ammonium Perchlorate, U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oak, Maryland, U.S. Navy
- ↑ J. Gordon Routley, Fire and Explosions at Rocket Fuel Plant Henderson, Nevada, U.S. Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency