Fulminating silver

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Fulminating silver is an historic name which may apply to a number of silver based explosives which "fulminate" or detonate easily and violently. It has no exact chemical or dictionary definition, however it may refer to:

The stability of many of these compounds can vary depending on how they are stored or handled, with levels of hydration often being a major factor.[1]


  1. ^ Ennis, John L.; Shanley, Edward S. (January 1991). "On hazardous silver compounds". Journal of Chemical Education. 68 (1): A6. Bibcode:1991JChEd..68....6E. doi:10.1021/ed068pA6.