Thursday, July 21, 2005

Londoners are lucky that the explosives used by Al Queda are notoriously unstable and difficult to manufacture. Triacetone triperoxide (TATP) also called the mother of Satan is not an explosive in the typical sense as the "explosion" is the state change of the molecule as it rushes to fill space. With one of these devices used in the mass transit bombing available to investigators they may be able to tell if these devices were made by the same chemist or if they are dealing with multiple bomb manufacturers which will complicate any attempt to extricate extremism from English soil.


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