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New chemical restrictions in Canada?

ManyInterests - 6-7-2021 at 07:32

According to this now acetone, hexamine, calcium ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder will be added to the explosive act as explosive precursors? While I don't think that hexamine fuel tablets or CAN cold packs will be going away, they might end up being harder and/or more annoying to get.

Any Canadian home/professional chemists got any comment on this? Cold packs are the only easy source of nitrates I know of, and acetone is great for cleaning all sorts of stuff and removing glue off surfaces. That is what I find really dumb. It's a basic solvent, and they are so terrified of some terrorist trying to make TATP that they want to monitor sales of the stuff? Most terrorists who try to make the stuff blow themselves up or lose their fingers. There is a reason why it's called the mother of Satan by the Palestinians. It isn't because of it's power. It's because of how dangerous it is to the user it is.

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Fyndium - 6-7-2021 at 11:17

Acetone was to be restricted when bought in bigger than something like 5L quantities. So buying 1L cans will not change. Your link states though that suspicious transactions should be reported, which is in line with the already existing precursors list that is like 60 years old.

I classify acetone as one of the most important solvents because of it's versatility for all purposes, and restricting it would basically change the basis of many things.

paulll - 6-7-2021 at 14:47

I was looking for acetone in Walmart two nights ago and the shelves were empty so this post set my mind racing a little.
Picked up a,"US gallon," of it at Home Hardware this afternoon, though.
What the article says does seem to be in line with its status as a (former?) class B precursor, which reminds me I need to do up some ether to round out the collection.

S.C. Wack - 6-7-2021 at 15:12

Quote: Originally posted by Fyndium  
Acetone was to be restricted when bought in bigger than something like 5L quantities.

Which would apply to those currently selling gallons?

IMHO all the restrictions everywhere are about chemical control in general, and whatever excuse is made is just the excuse that is made. Weird how every chemical that's banned for OTC purposes could be used for drugs in some way too. Note how Canada banned Br cpds. for hot tubs; maybe it's not a controlled substance, but it's now not OTC and no doubt Canadian children are much safer now from the menace of bromide disinfection and another tragic public health loophole in the regulations.