Sodium Chlorate

Section I


Sodium chlorate la a strong oxidizer used in the manufacture of explosives. It can be used in place of potassium chlorate (see Section I, No. 1).


  • 2 carbon or lead rods (1 in. diameter x 5 in. long)
  • Salt or, ocean water
  • Sulfuric acid, diluted
  • Motor vehicle Water
  • 2 wires, 16 gauge (3/64 in. diameter approx.), 6 ft. long, insulated
  • Gasoline
  • 1 gallon glass jar, wide mouth (6 in. diameter x 6 in. high approx.)
  • Sticks
  • String
  • Teaspoon
  • Trays
  • Cup
  • Heavy cloth
  • Knife
  • Large flat pan or tray


  • Dry cell batteries (2-1/2 in. diameter x 7 in. long) or plumbing supply store
  • Grocery store or ocean
  • Motor vehicle batteries


1. Mix 1/2 cup of salt into the one gallon glass jar with 3 liters (3 quarts) of water.

2. Add 2 teaspoons of battery acid to the solution and stir vigorously for 5 minutes.

3. Strip about 4 inches of insulation from both ends of the 2 wires.

4. With knife and sticks shape 2 strips of wood 1 x 1/8 x 1-1/2. Tie the wood strips to the lead or carbon rods so that they are 1-1/2 inches apart.

5. Connect the rods to the battery in a motor vehicle with the insulated wire.

6. Submerge 4-1/2 in. of the rods into the salt water solution.

7. With gear in neutral position, start the vehicle engine. Depress the accelerator approximately 1/5 of its full travel.

8. Run the engine with the accelerator in this position for 2 hours ; then, shut it down 2 hours.

9. Repeat this cycle for a total of 64 hours while maintaining the level of the acid-salt water solution in the glass jar.

CAUTION: This arrangement employs voltages which may be dangerous to personnel. Do not touch bare wire leads while engine is running.

10. Shut off the engine. Remove the rods from the glass jar and disconnect wire leads from the battery.

11. Filter the solution through the heavy cloth into a flat pan or tray, leaving the sediment at the bottom of the glass jar.

12. Allow the water in the filtered solution to evaporate at room temperature (approx. 16 hours). The residue is approximately 60% or more sodium chlorate which is pure enough to be used as an explosive ingredient.

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