MM3671, Lesson 3
To get the correct information for item nomenclature, use table 4-1, TM 38-250. It has an alphabetical listing of
items in which you will find four of the required entries. In figure 3-4, you can find the proper shipping name, the
hazard class, the label or labels required, and cargo aircraft only symbol (+) to the left of the first column when it
Look down the alphabetical listing in the first column in figure 3-4. In this lesson, a pallet of 180,000 blasting caps
is being shipped. Find "Blasting caps with metal clad mild detonating fuze."
Note that the table in figure 3-4 states "See Detonators, Class A or Class C Explosives." Continue looking down
the alphabetical listing and find "Detonators, Class A Explosives." See figure 3-5.
For this shipment, the Department of Transportation (DOT) classification is Class A Explosive, as each package
contains over 1,000 blasting caps.
The first entry in the Item Nomenclature block on DD Form 1387-2 is "Detonators, Class A Explosives."
The second entry is the hazard classification. You can find it in the second column of Table 4-1, TM 38-250,
marked Hazard Class (figure 3-5). The entry is "Class A Explosive."
The third entry is the DOD Hazard Class/Division. It is placed to the right of the hazard classification. This is
extracted from TM 9-1300-206, Table 5-21, Summary of Quantity Distance Classification and Compatibility
Groups. The entry, in this case, is "1.1." See figure 3-6.
The fourth entry is the label to be placed on the container or pallet shipped. This is found in the fourth column of
Table 4-1 in TM 38-250, figure 3-5. The entry is "Explosive A." See figure 3-5.
If the fourth column in figure 3-5, marked Labels Required is blank or specifies none, the entry will be "Label
Figure 3-4. Extract of Table 4-1, TM 38-250, Blasting Cap Entry.