Optimized Process for Cellulose /Acid Explosives

An acid type explosive can be made from nitric acid and white paper or cotton cloth.. This explosive can be detonated with a commercial #8 or any military blasting cap.


  • Nitric Acid
  • White imprinted, unsized paper
  • Clean white cotton cloth
  • Acid resistant container
  • Aluminum foil or acid resistant material
  • Protective gloves
  • Blasting cap
  • Wax


  • Industrial metal processors, 90% concentrated (specific gravity of 1.48)
  • Field grade (See Section I. No. 4)
  • Paper towels, napkins
  • Clothing, sheets, etc.
  • Wax coated pipe or can, ceramic pipe, glass jar, etc.
  • Heavy-walled glass containers
  • Food stores


1. Put on gloves.

2. Spread out a layer of paper or cloth on aluminum foil and sprinkle with nitric acid until thoroughly soaked. If aluminum foil is unavailable, use an acid resistant material (glass, ceramic or wood).

CAUTION: Acid will burn skin and destroy clothing. If any is spilled, wash it away with a large quantity of water. Do not inhale fumes.

3. Place another layer of paper or cloth on top of the acid-soaked sheet and repeat step 2 above. Repeat as often as necessary.

4. Roll up the aluminum foil containing the acid-soaked sheets and insert the roll into the acid resistant container.

NOTE: If glass, ceramic or wooden tray is used, pick up sheets with two wooden sticks and load into container.

5. Wax blasting cap.

6. Insert the blasting cap in the center of the rolled sheets. Allow 5 minute8 before detonating the explosive.

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