UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Shock sensitive explosive chemicals can spontaneously release large amounts of thermal and physical energy under ambient conditions or when subject to shock (called "initiation") through bumping, friction, agitation, heating or the like. True explosives yield a detonation or deflagration when initiated. When this happens in an uncontrolled or unexpected circumstance, it can result in serious bodily harm or property damage.
Most Commonly Used Chemicals:
NOTE: This list is a representation of commonly used shock sensitive explosive compounds. However, it is not inclusive of all shock sensitive compounds. It is good practice to consult the Material Safety Data Sheet and appropriate references for the safe handling of any chemical product.