Nitric Acid / Nitrobenzene (“Hellhoffite”)


  • Field grade or 90% concentrated (specific gravity of 1.48)
  • Drug store (oil of mirbane)
  • Chemical supply house
  • Industries (used as solvent)
  • Glass, clay, etc.

An explosive munition can be made from rnononitrobenezene and nitric acid. It is a simple explosive to prepare. Just pour the mono- nitrobenzene into the acid and stir.


  • Nitric acid
  • Mononitrobenzene (also known as nitrobenzene)
  • Acid resistant measuring containers
  • Acid resistant mixing rod
  • Blasting cap
  • Wax
  • Steel pipe, end cap and tape
  • Bottle or jar

NOTE: Prepare mixture just before use.


1. Add 1 volume (cup, quart, etc.) mononitrobenzene to 2 volumes nitric acid in bottle or jar.

2. Mix ingredients well by stirring with acid resistant rod.

CAUTION: Nitric acid will burn skin and destroy clothing. If any is spilled, wash off immediately with large amount of water. Nitrobenzene is toxic; do not inhale fumes.


1. Wax blasting cap, pipe and end cap,

2. Thread end cap onto pipe.

3. Pour mixture into pipe.

4. Insert and tape blasting cap just beneath surface of mixture.

NOTE: Combining the open end of the pipe will add to the effectiveness of the explosive.

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