DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
COMMERCE IN EXPLOSIVES
Commerce in Explosives; List of Explosive Materials
Pursuant to the provisions of section 841(d) of title 18, United States
Code (U.S.C.), and 27 CFR 55.23, the Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms, must publish and revise at least annually in the Federal
Register a list of explosives determined to be within the coverage of 18
U.S.C. chapter 40, Importation, Manufacture, Distribution, and Storage of
Explosive Materials. This chapter covers not only explosives, but also
blasting agents and detonators, all of which are defined as explosive
materials in section 841(c) of title 18, U.S.C. Accordingly, the following
is the 2002 List of Explosive Materials subject to regulation under 18
U.S.C. chapter 40. It includes both the list of explosives (including
detonators) required to be published in the Federal Register and blasting
The list is intended to include any and all mixtures containing any of
the materials on the list. Materials constituting blasting agents are
marked by an asterisk. While the list is comprehensive, it is not all
inclusive. The fact that an explosive material may not be on the list does
not mean that it is not within the coverage of the law if it otherwise
meets the statutory definitions in section 841 of title 18, U.S.C.
Explosive materials are listed alphabetically by their common names
followed, where applicable, by chemical names and synonyms in
In the 2002 List of Explosive Materials, ATF has added five terms to
the list of explosives, has further defined two explosive materials, and
has made amendments to two explosive materials to more accurately
reference these materials.
The five additions to the list are as follows:
2. HMTD [hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine]
4. Picrate explosives
We have added these explosive materials to the List because their
primary or common purpose is to function by explosion. ATF has encountered
the criminal use of some of these materials in improvised devices.
``Nitrate explosive mixtures'' is intended to be an all-encompassing term,
including all forms of sodium, potassium, barium, calcium, and strontium
nitrate explosive mixtures.
The two explosive materials that we have further defined by including
their chemical names are listed as follows:
1. DIPAM [dipicramide; diaminohexanitrobiphenyl]
The two amendments to previously listed explosive materials are as
1. ``Nitrates of soda explosive mixtures'' has been deleted and
replaced with ``Sodium nitrate explosive mixtures'' to reflect current
2. PBX was previously defined as ``RDX and plasticizer.'' We are
changing the definition to reflect that PBX is an acronym for ``plastic
This revised list supersedes the List of Explosive Materials dated
September 14, 1999 (Notice No. 880, 64 FR 49840; correction notice of
September 28, 1999, 64 FR 52378) and will be effective on April 26,
List of Explosive Materials
Acetylides of heavy metals.
Aluminum containing polymeric
Ammonium nitrate explosive
mixtures (cap sensitive).
*Ammonium nitrate explosive mixtures (non-cap
Ammonium perchlorate composite propellant.
perchlorate explosive mixtures.
Ammonium picrate [picrate of ammonia,
Ammonium salt lattice with isomorphously substituted
*ANFO [ammonium nitrate-fuel oil].
nitro-compound explosive mixtures.
BEAF [1, 2-bis (2,
Black powder based
*Blasting agents, nitro-carbo-nitrates, including
non-cap sensitive slurry and water gel explosives.
BTNEN [bis (trinitroethyl)
BTTN [1,2,4 butanetriol trinitrate].
Calcium nitrate explosive mixture.
Cellulose hexanitrate explosive
Chlorate explosive mixtures.
Composition A and
Composition B and variations.
Composition C and
Dimethylol dimethyl methane dinitrate
EDDN [ethylene diamine dinitrate].
EGDN [ethylene glycol dinitrate].
Esters of nitro-substituted
Explosive mixtures containing
oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and hydrocarbons.
containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and nitro bodies.
mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and water insoluble
Explosive mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts
and water soluble fuels.
Explosive mixtures containing sensitized
Explosive mixtures containing tetranitromethane
Explosive nitro compounds of aromatic
Explosive organic nitrate mixtures.
Fulminate of mercury.
Gem-dinitro aliphatic explosive
Guanyl nitrosamino guanyl tetrazene.
Hexogene or octogene and a nitrated
nitrate/hydrazine/aluminum explosive system.
Initiating tube systems.
KDNBF [potassium dinitrobenzo-furoxane].
Lead salts, explosive.
Lead styphnate [styphnate of lead,
Liquid nitrated polyol and
Liquid oxygen explosives.
Magnesium ophorite explosives.
MEAN [monoethanolamine nitrate].
Minol-2 [40% TNT, 40% ammonium nitrate, 20%
MMAN [monomethylamine nitrate]; methylamine
NIBTN [nitroisobutametriol trinitrate].
Nitrate sensitized with gelled nitroparaffin.
Nitrated glucoside explosive.
polyhydric alcohol explosives.
Nitric acid and a nitro aromatic
Nitric acid and carboxylic fuel
Nitric acid explosive mixtures.
Nitro aromatic explosive
Nitro compounds of furane explosive
Nitroderivative of urea
Nitroglycerine [NG, RNG, nitro,
Nitroglycol [ethylene glycol
Nitroparaffins Explosive Grade and ammonium
Octol [75 percent HMX, 25 percent TNT].
PBX [plastic bonded explosives].
Perchlorate explosive mixtures.
based explosive mixtures.
PETN [nitropentaerythrite, pentaerythrite
Picramic acid and its
Picrate of potassium
Picric acid (manufactured as an
nitromethane, 5% ethylenediamine].
Potassium chlorate and lead sulfocyanate explosive.
nitrate explosive mixtures.
RDX [cyclonite, hexogen, T4,
Salts of organic amino sulfonic acid explosive
Silver oxalate explosive
Silver tartrate explosive
Slurried explosive mixtures of water,
inorganic oxidizing salt, gelling
agent, fuel, and sensitizer (cap
azide explosive mixture.
nitrate explosive mixtures.
Sodium nitrate-potassium nitrate explosive
Tacot [tetranitro-2,3,5,6-dibenzo- 1,3a,4,6a tetrazapentalene].
[triethylene glycol dinitrate].
[tetracene, tetrazine, 1(5-tetrazolyl)-4-guanyl tetrazene
Thickened inorganic oxidizer
salt slurried explosive mixture.
TNEF [trinitroethyl formal].
TNT [trinitrotoluene, trotyl, trilite,
Trimethylol ethyl methane trinitrate
Water-bearing explosives having salts of oxidizing acids and nitrogen
bases, sulfates, or sulfamates (cap sensitive).
Water-in-oil emulsion explosive compositions.
Xanthamonas hydrophilic colloid explosive mixture.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chad Yoder, ATF Specialist, Arson and
Explosives Programs Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 650
Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226 (202-927-7930).
Signed: April 19, 2002.
Bradley A. Buckles,
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