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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-11-06 09:28 AM
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18. TATP Is EXTREMELY Shock Sensitive
EXTREMELY. That's why it is only manufactured and handled under incredibly delicate and low volume conditions in industry.

That's my problem with this story, as someone extensively educated in chemistry. The kinds of things that would allow this story to be more than an idle threat by 24 idiots, are very difficult to make efficiently, very difficult to isolate, and very difficult to handle without blowing one's self up. I sincerely do not believe that these guys would make it to the plane with something liek TATP without self-detonating.

In addition, TATP is still a low velocity explosive. It's subsonic in detonation velocity, and does not produce an extensive overpressure wave.
The Professor
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