Contact explosive

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A contact explosive is any chemical substance that will explode when relatively small quantities of energy are applied to it, whether that be heat, light, sound, or physical pressure.

Examples include:

Compound Sensitivity Sensitive to
Acetone peroxide High Heat, flame, shock, friction
Chlorine azide Extreme Friction, shock
Fulminates, such as silver fulminate and mercury fulminate Very high Static, heat, flame, shock
Lead azide Very high Shock, static
Nitrogen triiodide Extreme Shock, alpha radiation
Nitroglycerin Very high Shock, friction
Picric acid (dry) High Shock, friction
Tetrasulfur tetranitride Moderate Shock, friction
Flash powder (containing sulfur or chlorates) High Static, flame, friction
Silver nitride Extreme Shock

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