Military vs Terrorist Explosives

By Evan Shanks

C4 : Plastic Explosive

Gasoline - 1 part
Oil - 1 half part
Styrofoam - 1 part

1) Melt styrofoam
2) Let cool to a thick viscosity.
3) Mix 3 together styrofoam, oil, & gas.
4) Mix in a deep pot
5) Let the mixture cool to a little bit warmer than room temperature, which
is around 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
6) Mold the mixture how you want (different shapes will make it more or
less lethal).

The mixture can be thrown to detonate or detonated with an electric charge.

Incendiary Bomb

Incendiary bombs are of two main types. The burning material of the intensive type is thermite, a mixture of aluminum powder and iron oxide that burns at a very high temperature. The casing of such a bomb is composed of magnesium, a metal that itself burns at a high temperature when ignited by thermite. Intensive-type incendiaries are designed to set buildings afire by their intense heat.
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Thermite Bomb

A powerful incendiary device, thermite grenades produce intense heat through a chemical reaction. Thermite is known as a "pyrotechnic composition" that burns intensely when ignited. When detonated, thermite grenades produce molten iron from a violent reaction of the weapon’s thermite filler. Some thermite grenades have been known to burn at temperatures of nearly 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The extreme heat makes thermite grenades good for destroying weapons caches, bunkers and vehicles. Thermite grenades are capable of burning through an engine block in seconds.
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Explosives in Brussels attack

Police have found a peroxide-based explosive known as triacetone triperoxide, or TATP, in the apartment of one of the suspected bombers, although investigators have yet to say conclusively what type of devices were used Tuesday. The chemicals that make up TATP, such as concentrated hydrogen peroxide and acetone, are easy to procure. There were 40 gallons of acetone in the apartment of the suspected bomber. The attackers in Brussels could have purchased the ingredients without raising suspicion, especially if each member was responsible for buying just one element.

Pressure cooker bombs in Boston Bombing

Shahzad, now serving a life sentence, had rigged the failed bomb with 120 M-88 firecrackers, propane tanks and a gas canister Shahzad claimed he learned how to make the bomb at an Al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan. Experts said the pressure-cooker bombs have become the top choice of improvised explosive devices for terrorists around the globe because they appear innocuous and are relatively easy to assemble.

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Overall our military bombs are very clinical with getting the objective done and very stable. On the other hand terrorist bombs are very unstable and don't always get the job done, but are very hard to detect and very deadly and destructive when successfully executed.