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Bottle Washer
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Icon 1 posted July 23, 2002 01:39 PM      Profile for rc   Email rc   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Today I noticed some mothballs in a market and it says on the label that the product contains 80% hexachloroethane and 20% naphtalene. Because the compounds could be easily separated and it says in the "college dictionary chemistry" book that HCE is used in explosives I would want to have some more information about HCE.

What for is it used in explosives? Maybe for lethal gases?

PS. And yeah I couldn't find anything related

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Icon 1 posted July 23, 2002 03:09 PM      Profile for Mr Cool   Author's Homepage   Email Mr Cool   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
It could be detonated if mixed with Al or Mg powder, due to the oxidising properties of chlorine.

C2Cl6 + 3Mg --> 3MgCl2 + 2C

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Icon 1 posted July 24, 2002 06:45 AM      Profile for kingspaz   Email kingspaz   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
so if you also mixed it with some oxidiser such as NH4NO3 then oxygen would be provided for the oxidation of the carbon produced also.

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