posted on Sep, 15 2012 @ 03:15 PM
reply to post by FreedomCommander
It's called a "dust initiator charge" and there are many ways to do it. You can even use mundane substances like ground coffee or flour. The key
is setting up the charge to do the right thing at the right time so that the aluminum, flour, or whatever you're using fills the room and ignites
during the explosion and consumes all of the oxygen in the atmosphere. Yes, you can see the particles and it's just an advanced demolition technique
with nothing super secret about it. Substances like powdered aluminum can be used in improvised explosives and was probably chosen for it's
incendiary qualities, but if you try to build a bomb out of stuff like that you have to know how to package it properly as well as how to initiate it.
If not packaged properly and used in the wrong way, that sort of stuff will not explode. It will only catch fire or just be scattered throughout the
area without doing anything at all. If you were to say, make a pipe-bomb sort of charge with the aluminum and didn't seal it right then you would
not have the pressure required for the explosion. In this instance, you don't want it sealed because you need it to fill the room before ignition,
but apparently the lunatics who created the device had something set-up wrong this time. Also, the point I was making with the wet aluminum is that
it wasn't able to fill the room since it was too heavy and most likely just caught fire and burned where it sat.
I did a quick google search for a reference for you to look at and this is the first thing that popped up:
The dust-initiator charge was an exciting, even awesome special demolition technique designed for specific targets, such as was the case in the design
and target application for most special demolition techniques. We were trained using a railroad boxcar as the vehicle for demonstrating the
unbelievable as the railroad boxcar became a bomb, a very big bomb! The use of incendiary impregnated oat, wheat or rye grain, sawdust or similar
absorbing type material, and a small but powerful explosive device whose primary purpose was to fill the air within the confined space (in this
instance a boxcar). It could be an office, warehouse, or house, etc. and a separate charge would be triggered to ignite the incendiary laden material
to cause a considerable amount of death and destruction if used in the right place at the right time. We were all convinced of that fact as students
when that boxcar located a few hundred yards to our front was detonated and blown &part as if it were a cracker box.