Restrictions needed on explosives precursors, National Academies say | November 20, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 46 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 46 | p. 15 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 20, 2017

Restrictions needed on explosives precursors, National Academies say

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: Inorganic chemicals, Policy, IED, chemical, regulation, National Academies

Chemicals that could be used in deadly improvised explosive devices should be regulated by the U.S. government, a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine panel says in a report published last week. The panel identified 28 chemicals that had been or could be used in vehicular or personal bombs and recommended that sales of those chemicals be restricted at the retail level through bans, licenses, or registries. Of those chemicals, 10 (listed below) were flagged for immediate action because they pose the “greatest current threat,” the National Academies say. Most have been deployed in terrorist attacks in the past and could be used to make a homemade explosive device without adding other chemicals.

    Aluminum (powder, paste, flake)
    Ammonium nitrate
    Calcium ammonium nitrate
    Hydrogen peroxide
    Nitric acid

    Potassium chlorate
    Potassium perchlorate
    Sodium chlorate
    Urea ammonium nitrate solution

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