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Low explosive: An explosive with a detonation velocity less than 3300 feet per second; characteristic of black and smokeless gunpowder used as a propellant, and some blasting explosives primarily used to move earth
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- Explosives : Explosive agent; a compound or mixture susceptible of a rapid chemical reaction, as gunpowder, or nitroglycerin.
- Gunpowder : Generically, a low explosive used as a propellant, now smokeless powder; the older black powder was used as a warhead filler before the invention of high explosives; also used in pyrotechnics
- Single-base propellant : Used in cannons, small arms, and grenades, these are based on nitrocellulose as the explosive component, with stabilizers, plasticizers, and possibly organic nitrates (e.g., potassium nitrate or ammonium nitrate)
- Double-base propellant : A form of smokeless gunpowder with the primary constituents being nitrocellulose and a plasticizer, such as nitroglycerin or BTN (explosive)
- Triple-base propellant : Smokeless powder, used in artillery, made from nitrocellulose, nitroglycerin or another explosive plasticizer, and nitroguanidine; it burns with equivalent energy, but at a lower temperature than other propellants, thus reducing barrel wear, and has much less muzzle flash
- Potassium nitrate : KNO3, an oxidizing agent, the major constituent of black gunpowder and a food preservative known as saltpeter
- Charcoal (material) : An ingredient made from the destructive heating and blackening of wood, without burning and oxidation
- Sulfur : A yellowish crystalline chemical element with the symbol S and the atomic number of 16.