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[*] posted on 24-7-2020 at 02:32
Intensely colored explosives?


Can anyone think of other explosives out there with intense colors in their pure form (so the color isn't due to impurities)?

Secondary explosives:
TNT is a pale yellow solid.
2,4,6-triamino-1,3,5- trinitrobenzene is yellow - brown
2,4-dinitrophenol is yellow.
Picric acid is yellow.

Primary explosives:
Lead styphnate is yellow-brown.
Nitrogen triiodide is dark purple.
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[*] posted on 24-7-2020 at 02:38


Nickle hydrazine nitrate
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[*] posted on 24-7-2020 at 02:43


And let's not forget copper hexamine perchlorate from our very own Dr Liptakov!
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[*] posted on 24-7-2020 at 04:01


ammonium dichromate can be detonated, does that count?

picramic acid is brick red

tetrasulfur tetranitride is a thermochromic explosive compound. It goes from yellow (-30C) to orange (room temperature) to red (100 C) according to wikipedia.




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[*] posted on 24-7-2020 at 08:15


Well potassium chlorate with some pvc or parlon (color enhancer) mixed with barium salts (green), strontium salts (red) and copper salts (blue) theoretically can give colored detonations.
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[*] posted on 24-7-2020 at 09:35


BNCP(bis-nitrotetrazole-cobalt-perchlorate) is orange like tomato according to explosions and fire!!
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[*] posted on 25-7-2020 at 14:44


Where to start?

Potassium Tetraperoxochromate(V) is a beautiful dark red color.

Ammonium Permanganate is a nice looking very dark purple/black, almost metallic crystalline solid.

ChemPlayer's "Essence of Smurf" is a terrifying organic nitroso compound; a strikingly blue liquid with a tendency to randomly explode, especially in storage (found this out the hard way).

bis(5,5-Azotetrazole)Copper(II) is a green powder with a sensitivity slightly above that of touch powder.


Manganese Heptoxide, vibrant dark green material.

And of course, the oranges and reds of Alkali metal Ozonides!

Many transition metal complexes are both energetic and beautiful.
For Copper I can already think of...
Tetraamminecopper(II): Persulfate, Perchlorate, Nitrate (very dark purple)
bis(en)Cu(II): Nitrate, Perchlorate (very vivid purple)
For Nickel I know of...
Hexaamminenickel(II) Perchlorate, Persulfate (light blue/sky blue)
...and those are only the ones I have experience with!

However the most remarkable strongly-colored explosive without a doubt goes to N,N-Tetrabromoethylenediamine. It's such a beautiful orange color!

Take a look at these photos, they were taken by the user Axt.
To quote Axt, "It explodes readily when struck with a hammer on steel.".

tetrabromoethylenediamine-precip.jpg - 30kB




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[*] posted on 26-7-2020 at 04:56


Got some photos of:
  1. 2,4-Dinitroaniline
  2. 2,4-Dinitroanisole
  3. 1,4-Dinitrobenzene
  4. 2,4-Dinitrophenol
  5. 2,4-Dinitrophenylhydrazine


Lovely colors! :D

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[*] posted on 26-7-2020 at 07:28


Copper acetylide is red.
And I imagine that some of these DNPH derivatives (mainly hydrazones) are explosive if you try hard enough.

[Edited on 26-7-20 by unionised]

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[*] posted on 26-7-2020 at 08:30


Orange and yellow seem to be common colors. What are some of the materials you have that have non-yellow/orange colors? Like that vial in the second row from top, third from left that seems to be dark green?
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[*] posted on 26-7-2020 at 08:52


Quote: Originally posted by Whathappensif  
Orange and yellow seem to be common colors. What are some of the materials you have that have non-yellow/orange colors? Like that vial in the second row from top, third from left that seems to be dark green?

If my memory serves me well, it's the DNPH derivative of ehrlich's reagent- para dimethylaminobenzaldehyde.

It's almost black.
Solutions are brownish.


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[*] posted on 26-7-2020 at 22:54


Fascinating, thanks! :)
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[*] posted on 27-7-2020 at 08:25


Quote: Originally posted by Whathappensif  
Orange and yellow seem to be common colors. What are some of the materials you have that have non-yellow/orange colors? Like that vial in the second row from top, third from left that seems to be dark green?


Like I said, many transition metal complexes can be energetic, and are usually purple, dark blue or light blue such as with Cu(II) and Ni(II).




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[*] posted on 22-8-2020 at 18:18




  1. Blue/purple - Copper Chlorate, Copper hexamine perchlorate, TACN, TACP.
  2. yellow/Orange - TNP, TNT, ammonium picrate, sodium picrate, and pretty much all other picrates.
  3. pink- the only one to come to mind is NHN
  4. Brown- ortho DDNP


There is a lot more, but these are the ones that come to mind. Search up transition metal energetics and a lot should
come up. Not all colorful energetics contain transition metals, but they usually have the most spectacular colours.



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[*] posted on 23-8-2020 at 03:25


What about manganese heptoxide? Greenish oil if my memory serves me correctly.

EDIT: Oops just saw someone else mentioned it already. Sorry.

[Edited on 23-8-2020 by aromaticfanatic]
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