Carbon Tet Explosive

A moist explosive mixture can be made from fine aluminum powder combined with carbon tetrachloride or tetrachloroethylene. This explosive can be detonated with a blasting cap.


  • Paint Store
  • Pharmacy, or fire extin-guisher fluid
  • Dry cleaners
  • Pharmacy


  • Fine aluminum bronzing powder
  • Carbon tetrachloride or tetrachloroethylene
  • Stirring rod (wood)
  • Mixing container (bowl, bucket, etc.)
  • Measuring container (cup, tablespoon, etc.)
  • Storage container (jar, can, etc.)
  • Blasting cap
  • Pipe, can or jar


1. Measure out two parts aluminum powder to one part carbon tetrachloride or tetrachloroethylene liquid into mixing container, adding liquid to powder while stirring with the wooden rod.

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2. Stir until the mixture becomes the consistency of honey syrup.

NOTE: Fumes from the liquid are dangerous and should not be inhaled.

3. Store explosive in a jar or similar water proof container until read) to use. The liquid in the mixture evaporates quickly when not confined.

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NOTE: Mixture will detonate in this manner lor a period of 72 hours.


1. Pour this mixture into an iron or steel pipe which has an end cap threaded on one end. If a pipe is not available, you may use a dry tin can or a glass jar.

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2. Insert blasting cap just beneath the surface of the explosive mix.

NOTE: Confining the open end of the container will add to the effectiveness of the explosive.

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