low explosive


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low explosive

[′lō ik‚splō·siv]
(materials)
An explosive which when used in its normal manner deflagrates or burns rather than detonates; used when shattering must be prevented.
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Simple low explosives can be used to produce a relatively large explosion, and the fragmentation of the pipe itself creates potentially lethal shrapnel," a source said.
Items that fall into Class 1 are classified as high or low explosives according to rates of decomposition: low explosives burn rapidly and high explosives detonate.