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A high explosive composed of pentaerythritol and trinitrotoluene.



an explosive; a mixture of trinitrotoluene (TNT) and pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN). Cast pentolite, which consists of 50 percent TNT and 50 percent PETN by weight, has a density of 1.6 g/cm3 and detonates at a rate of 7,400 m/sec. Pentolite is used for loading ammunition and as a relay detonator for initiating powdered and water-filled explosives.

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Most books on protective services lack the kind of detail that King provides, such as an explanation of common explosives including lead azide and Pentolite.
The primary charge (some 20% of the total) is cap-sensitive explosive (Mex boost; Indoboost; Pentolite booster; SMS; Indomite) and the column charge (the remaining 80%) is non-cap sensitive explosive (Indogel; ANFO; Energel; Mex blast).