Dust Bomb Instructions by the Jolly Roger

An initiator which will initiate common material to produce dust

explosions can be rapidly and easily constructed. This type of charge is

ideal for the destruction of enclosed areas such as rooms or buildings.


Material Required


A flat can, 3 in. (8 cm) in diameter and 1-1/2 in. (3-3/4 cm) high. A 6-

1/2 ounce tuna can serves the purpose quite well.

Blasting cap


Aluminum (may be wire, cut sheet, flattened can, or powder)

Large nail, 4 in. (10 cm) long

Wooden rod - 1/4 in. (6 mm) diameter

Flour, gasoline, and powder or chipped aluminum


NOTE: Plastic explosive produce better explosions than cast explosives.





1) Using the nail, press a hole through the side of the tuna can 3/8 inch

to 1/2 inch (1 to 1-1/2 cm) from the bottom. Using a rotating and lever

action, enlarge the hole until it will accomodate the blasting cap.

2) Place the wooden rod in the hole and position the end of the rod at the

center of the can.

3) Press explosive into the can, being sure to surround the rod, until it

is 3/4 inch (2 cm) from the top of the can. Carefully remove the wooden


4) Place the aluminum metal on top of the explosive.

5) Just before use, insert the blasting cap into the cavity made by the

rod. The initiator is now ready to use.


NOTE: If it is desired to carry the initiator some distance, cardboard may

be pressed on top of the aluminum to insure against loss of material.


How to Use:



This particular unit works quite well to initiate charges of five

pounds of flour, 1/2 gallon (1-2/3 litres) of gasoline, or two pounds of

flake painters aluminum. The solid materials may merely be contained in

sacks or cardboard cartons. The gasoline may be placed in plastic coated

paper milk cartons, as well as plastic or glass bottles. The charges are

placed directly on top of the initiator and the blasting cap is actuated

electrically or by a fuse depending on the type of cap employed. this will

destroy a 2,000 cubic feet enclosure (building 10 x 20 x 10 feet).


Note: For larger enclosures, use proportionally larger initiators and



CBIV, '94, -= Exodus =-