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 brackets.
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
The five additions to the list are as follows:
1. Azide explosives
2. HMTD [hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine]
3. Nitrate explosive mixtures
4. Picrate explosives
5. TATP [triacetonetriperoxide]
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
The two explosive materials that we have further defined by including
their chemical names are listed as follows:
1. DIPAM [dipicramide; diaminohexanitrobiphenyl]
2. EDNA [ethylenedinitramine]
The two amendments to previously listed explosive materials are as follows:
1. ``Nitrates of soda explosive mixtures'' has been deleted and replaced
with ``Sodium nitrate explosive mixtures'' to reflect current terminology.
2. PBX was previously defined as ``RDX and plasticizer.'' We are changing
the definition to reflect that PBX is an acronym for ``plastic bonded
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, 2002.
List of Explosive Materials
Acetylides of heavy metals.
Aluminum containing polymeric propellant.
Aluminum ophorite explosive.
Ammonium nitrate explosive mixtures (cap sensitive).
*Ammonium nitrate explosive mixtures (non-cap sensitive).
Ammonium perchlorate composite propellant.
Ammonium perchlorate explosive mixtures.
Ammonium picrate [picrate of ammonia, Explosive D].
Ammonium salt lattice with isomorphously substituted inorganic salts.
*ANFO [ammonium nitrate-fuel oil].
Aromatic nitro-compound explosive mixtures.
BEAF [1, 2-bis (2, 2-difluoro-2-nitroacetoxyethane)].
Black powder based explosive mixtures.
*Blasting agents, nitro-carbo-nitrates, including non-cap sensitive slurry
and water gel explosives.
BTNEC [bis (trinitroethyl) carbonate].
BTNEN [bis (trinitroethyl) nitramine].
BTTN [1,2,4 butanetriol trinitrate].
Calcium nitrate explosive mixture.
Cellulose hexanitrate explosive mixture.
Chlorate explosive mixtures.
Composition A and variations.
Composition B and variations.
Composition C and variations.
DEGDN [diethyleneglycol dinitrate].
Dimethylol dimethyl methane dinitrate composition.
Dinitroglycerine [glycerol dinitrate].
Dinitrotoluene-sodium nitrate explosive mixtures.
DIPAM [dipicramide; diaminohexanitrobiphenyl].
DNPA [2,2-dinitropropyl acrylate].
DNPD [dinitropentano nitrile].
EDDN [ethylene diamine dinitrate].
EDNP [ethyl 4,4-dinitropentanoate].
EGDN [ethylene glycol dinitrate].
Erythritol tetranitrate explosives.
Esters of nitro-substituted alcohols.
Explosive mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and hydrocarbons.
Explosive mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and nitro
Explosive mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and water
Explosive mixtures containing oxygen-releasing inorganic salts and water
Explosive mixtures containing sensitized nitromethane.
Explosive mixtures containing tetranitromethane (nitroform).
Explosive nitro compounds of aromatic hydrocarbons.
Explosive organic nitrate mixtures.
Fulminate of mercury.
Fulminate of silver.
Gem-dinitro aliphatic explosive mixtures.
Guanyl nitrosamino guanyl tetrazene.
Guanyl nitrosamino guanylidene hydrazine.
Heavy metal azides.
Hexogene or octogene and a nitrated N-methylaniline.
HMX [cyclo-1,3,5,7-tetramethylene 2,4,6,8-tetranitramine; Octogen].
Hydrazinium nitrate/hydrazine/aluminum explosive system.
Initiating tube systems.
KDNBF [potassium dinitrobenzo-furoxane].
Lead salts, explosive.
Lead styphnate [styphnate of lead, lead trinitroresorcinate].
Liquid nitrated polyol and trimethylolethane.
Liquid oxygen explosives.
Magnesium ophorite explosives.
MDNP [methyl 4,4-dinitropentanoate].
MEAN [monoethanolamine nitrate].
Minol-2 [40% TNT, 40% ammonium nitrate, 20% aluminum].
MMAN [monomethylamine nitrate]; methylamine nitrate.
NIBTN [nitroisobutametriol trinitrate].
Nitrate explosive mixtures.
Nitrate sensitized with gelled nitroparaffin.
Nitrated carbohydrate explosive.
Nitrated glucoside explosive.
Nitrated polyhydric alcohol explosives.
Nitric acid and a nitro aromatic compound explosive.
Nitric acid and carboxylic fuel explosive.
Nitric acid explosive mixtures.
Nitro aromatic explosive mixtures.
Nitro compounds of furane explosive mixtures.
Nitroderivative of urea explosive mixture.
Nitroglycerine [NG, RNG, nitro, glyceryl trinitrate,
Nitroglycol [ethylene glycol dinitrate, EGDN].
Nitronium perchlorate propellant mixtures.
Nitroparaffins Explosive Grade and ammonium nitrate mixtures.
Nitro-substituted carboxylic acids.
Octol [75 percent HMX, 25 percent TNT].
Organic amine nitrates.
PBX [plastic bonded explosives].
Perchlorate explosive mixtures.
Peroxide based explosive mixtures.
PETN [nitropentaerythrite, pentaerythrite tetranitrate, pentaerythritol
Picramic acid and its salts.
Picrate of potassium explosive mixtures.
Picric acid (manufactured as an explosive).
PLX [95% nitromethane, 5% ethylenediamine].
Polynitro aliphatic compounds.
Polyolpolynitrate-nitrocellulose explosive gels.
Potassium chlorate and lead sulfocyanate explosive.
Potassium nitrate explosive mixtures.
RDX [cyclonite, hexogen, T4, cyclo-1,3,5,-trimethylene-2,4,6,-trinitramine;
Salts of organic amino sulfonic acid explosive mixture.
Silver oxalate explosive mixtures.
Silver tartrate explosive mixtures.
Slurried explosive mixtures of water, inorganic oxidizing salt, gelling
agent, fuel, and sensitizer (cap sensitive).
Sodium azide explosive mixture.
Sodium nitrate explosive mixtures.
Sodium nitrate-potassium nitrate explosive mixture.
Styphnic acid explosives.
Tacot [tetranitro-2,3,5,6-dibenzo- 1,3a,4,6a tetrazapentalene].
TEGDN [triethylene glycol dinitrate].
Tetrazene [tetracene, tetrazine, 1(5-tetrazolyl)-4-guanyl tetrazene
Tetryl [2,4,6 tetranitro-N-methylaniline].
Thickened inorganic oxidizer salt slurried explosive mixture.
TMETN [trimethylolethane trinitrate].
TNEF [trinitroethyl formal].
TNT [trinitrotoluene, trotyl, trilite, triton].
Trimethylol ethyl methane trinitrate composition.
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,
[FR Doc. 02-10324 Filed 4-25-02; 8:45 am]
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