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CSX, which stands for Chlorate-Sulfur eXplosive, is a mixture I have invented or at least discovered its potential as a usable explosive. It is a pale yellow powder, made as easily as something like ANFO (but not as safe). Some of you may try to complain to me that this is not safe. Just don't make it if you think that. I don't want 50 e-mail's with your opinion on chlorate-sulfur based compositions. There, thats all I'm going to say about that. When lit on fire, it burns with a feirce purpleish color. It takes a very hard blow to get it to detonate from impact and I have not yet got it to detonate from friction.

Potassium or Sodium Chlorate Mortar and Pestle or similar device
Sulfur Ziplock bag
Sodium Bicarbonate  

The beauty of this explosive is that its easily made and should be made on site. Do not store this explosive, as it degrades over time. Measure out 3 grams of sulfur and 0.5grams of sodium bicarbonate (5% of the total weight) into a ziplock bag. Knead the two together well so that it forms a homogeneous mixture. Weigh out 7 grams of potassium or sodium chlorate and grind it up in a mortar and pestle, or just crush it with a spoon. Add this to the ziplock bag and carefully knead the two together. This compound can be initiated with a regular detonate, no booster needed.


Burn Test 1 - This was with a 1/4" (6.35mm) wide, 4" (10.1cm) long line

Burn Test 2 - This was with a 1/2" (12.7mm) wide, 4" (10.1cm) long line

Impact Sensitivity Test - The first 2 wacks were not hard enough to set it off, but the third one you can hear a pop.