Lewis Structures

Silver Cyanate vs Silver Fulminate

Silver fulminate is a primary explosive that has very little practical value due to its extreme sensitivity to impact, heat, pressure and electricity. The compound becomes progressively sensitive as it is aggregated, even in small amounts.  Aggregation of larger quantities is impossible due to the compound's tendency to self-detonate under its own weight.  Since its discovery, its only practical usage has been in producing non-damaging novelty noisemakers as children's toys and tricks.

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