Good examples of the applications of primary explosives are in primers and detonators. The stability of primary explosives depends greatly on the compound in question. Acetone Peroxide, for example, is widely regarded as a particularly unstable primary explosive, although popular with “home experimenters” because of the ease of its production. Lead Azide on the other hand is one of the most commonly used primary explosives, and is considered relatively safe to store and handle.
Primary explosives can be sensitive to even the slightest shock with nitroglycerin being probably the most widely recognized contact primary explosive.
The most common means of initiation include applying heat or flame or introducing an electric charge.
Our books and guides below shall provide you with a holistic understanding of the preparation, storage, handling and applications of various primary explosives.