DESTRUCTION BY DETONATION
As discussed earlier, certain types of ammunition may be disposed of by detonation. Disposal by
detonation is accomplished by placing demolition charges on the ammunition to be destroyed,
priming the charges, and then detonating the charges from a distance.
To perform ED by detonation, you must have the material and equipment to assemble and test the
electric and nonelectric firing systems, the combination dual-firing system, and the detonating
cord system. You must also have demolition charges.
A sufficient amount of demolition materials to destroy all ammunition in the storage facility
should be available. Demolition materials may be placed into three categories-standard military
explosives, substitute materials, and foreign military explosives.
Standard Military Explosives
Standard military explosives are designed for demolition operations. They include the following:
NT block demolition charge, 1/2-pound and 1-pound blocks (Figure 8).
M112 block demolition charge, composition C4 (Figure 9).
M118 block demolition charge, PETN/RDX (FLEX-X)(Figure 10).
M37 demolition charge assembly, composition C4 (Figure 11, Page 12).
M183 demolition charge assembly, composition C4 (Figure 12, Page 13).
M10 universal explosive destructor (Figure 13, Page 13).
Note. Never use any type of dynamite for ED operations. The explosive energy is not powerful
enough for ED purposes.
Substitute Demolition Materials
Substitute demolition materials may be used to assist in ED operations. These may be standard
demolition materials that are used for purposes other than for what they were designed. These
materials include the following.
Fifteen-pound M2A3 and M2A4 demolition charges.
Forty-pound M3 and M3A1 shaped demolition charges.
Bangalore torpedoes (amatol or composition B).
M15, M19, and M21 antitank (AT) land mines (defuzed).
HE aerial bombs (250-pound through 2,000-pound). Do not use cluster bombs or CBUs for
Rocket motors and warheads if no other HE items are available.