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Binary Exploding Targets

September 24, 2013


Search YouTube for “Tannerite” and over 12,000 video results will appear, with most videos showing exploding trailers, cars, pianos, refrigerators, mailboxes, etc.  Tannerite claims that its intended use is only to provide hunters with an exploding target that lets them know that they have hit their target from long range distances.  However, the videos show that Tannerite is being used in potentially dangerous explosions that can send debris and shrapnel flying for hundreds of yards and injuring innocent bystanders.

With exception of the State of Maryland, Tannerite is an unregulated product that is sold through a loophole in the law.  The loophole exists due to the fact that entities can legally sell two inert substances, here Ammonium Nitrate and Aluminum Powder, with the explosive product being made when the two substances are mixed together.  Tannerite packages the Ammonium Nitrate and Aluminum Powder together, provides a mixing kit, and gives instructions on how to make the explosive device, all of which falls outside legislation regulating explosive products.  Additionally, although Tannerite recommends that consumers be at least twenty-one years old, there are no legal age restrictions on who can buy Tannerite.  There is also no limit as to how much Tannerite an individual can purchase and store.

Currently, Indiana Senator Jim Merritt has introduced legislation which would restrict the sale of Tannerite to people 18 years of age and older and would require retailers to keep the product behind the counter.

Click here to read a WTHR story about binary explosives.


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