blasting powder

blasting powder

[′blas·tiŋ ‚pau̇d·ər]
(materials)
A powder containing less nitrate, and in its place more charcoal than black powder; composition is 65-75% sodium or nitrate, potassium nitrate, 10-15% sulfur, and 15-20% charcoal.
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Clandestinely we made a few bushels of first-rate blasting powder, and I superin- tended my armorers while they constructed a lightning- rod and some wires.
"We'll have to go back and get some of your big tunnel blasting powder, Tom," suggested Ned.
If you could get a bag of blasting powder at the front door with a slow match to it--"
And the first surprise came very soon, when the explosives (to which he owed his sudden chance of engagement)--dynamite in cases and blasting powder in barrels--taken on board, main hatch battened for sea, cook restored to his functions in the galley, anchor fished and the tug ahead, rounding the South Foreland, and with the sun sinking clear and red down the purple vista of the channel, he went on the poop, on duty, it is true, but with time to take the first freer breath in the busy day of departure.
Based on industry activities, the market can be categorized into blasting powder, dynamite, cellulose nitrate and ammonium nitrate, signal flare, detonator and fuse, fireworks, gun cotton, matches, and other pyrotechnic product, and propellant powder.
The IED, fashioned from blasting powder packed with metal fragments with jagged edges, was detonated from a distance using a mobile phone, officials said.
But they didn't notice blasting powder leaking from a barrel in a corner.
The most substantial part of the mine complex that remains is the main accommodation building, which was the cooperage (making barrels and casks), stables and the office of the blasting powder works for the mine.
Some balloons include bags of water (to moisten the air); others include "finely crushed bone and concentrated sulphuric acid" (you know, to produce nitrogen); still other balloons include canisters of "giant powder" (a type of blasting powder), and "chlorid [sic] of potash" (reason unclear); and yet still another set of balloons includes oil burners and a tank of water in order to produce steam.
Through the years, Lindsay has tested the pits as livestock feed, fireplace logs, ground cover, soil conditioner, an ingredient in blasting powder, a plastics filler, a bug-bait carrier, olive oil and as a source for making methane gas.
In the past, it wasn't uncommon for miners to climb a blocked ore pass with blasting powder on their shoulders to place a charge.
They're sawing ice, augering blasting powder, laying tile, husking corn, building shocks.