Originally Posted by SweetWitch
My understanding is (and there's no research in this, just what I remember from living on the farm) that ammonium nitrate is essentially only volatile in liquid form. When you throw water on it you get a discharge of dangerous gas and a huge kaboom. My concern is whether the volunteer firemen were given the proper training to deal with the incident in Texas. Without proper education, disaster can happen. I feel for them and I believe lessons can be learned here.
Agreed. I would have faith in fire officials to not want to run into any situation unprepared
+They should get the big thanks here(os).
But what I am reiterating is that adding water to fertilizer and/with a high ammonium nitrate concentration is not enough, not to mention temperature variations.
There are many things needed to make the combination explosive, THAT explosive doesn't just happen naturally:
Asin: Not a volcano.
There is something suspicious in this bang
"Ammonium nitrate is used in survival kits mixed with zinc dust and ammonium chloride because it will ignite on contact with water."
I dunno nada about bombs, but my chemistry grades were awesome. There are too many missing ingredients for a reaction of that magnitude.