4th of July Tannerite Safety Tips
The 4th of July is the perfect time of the year to set off some binary explosives. When celebrating this year keep a safe distance and be aware of everything that could become shrapnel during the explosion. We have found that a paper grocery bag is a perfect container for larger batches.
1) Follow the manufacturer’s instructions
First and foremost, read the manual. If for some reason your binary explosive kit didn't come with instructions, visit the manufacturer's website.
2) Understand proper standoff distances
For the most part, the recommended distance for all participants, including the shooter, is at least 100 yards for a 1/2 pound of charge and lower and at least 200 yards for anything more than a 1/2 pound of charge.
Geography will also affect target distances. Shooting in a rocky canyon versus an open grassy field may require additional considerations.
3) Never place binary explosives inside, under or on top of anything that will cause flying debris or shrapnel
Everyone likes to blow stuff up or watch things get blown up. Resist the urge to incorporate ANY extraneous material around, over and under your charges. Debris (shrapnel) can travel long distances with deadly force.
4) Everyone should be wearing eye and ear protection
Common sense applies here, where shooting and explosions are involved, everyone should be wearing proper eye and ear protection.
5) Know your laws and regulations
In its unmixed form, binary components are not considered explosives. However, after mixing, the resulting concoction is an explosive is subject to federal transportation, storage and resale laws and regulations. Mix and shoot should always be the name of the game.
In some cases, local and state laws can be more restrictive than federal regulations. A good starting point is your local fire department – stop in and ask if a permit is required or if there are any restrictions for your area.