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The effect of a few milligrams of a homemade Hexamethylene triperoxide diamine firecracker on an empty aluminium Pepsi can.

Brisance, also known as shattering capability, is the ability of an explosive to damage or distort a material. Typically, the higher the brisance of compound is, the more powerful it is considered to be.

Brisance vs. Report

The strength[1] of an explosive is often times confused with the report, or loudness of an explosive. If an explosive has a louder report than another, that doesn't necessarily signify a higher brisance or strength. A good example is of the common M-98 firecracker compared to the same amount of HMTD—the M-98 does little to no damage even to a paper cup, yet the M-98 has a much higher report.[2]



  1. The terms "strength" or "power" of an explosive is defined slightly differently depending on the context it is used. In this instance, it refers to how much energy is stored in a particular compound, compared to others.
  2. This has been experienced from Velzee's personal history and experiments from years ago.

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