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Cartridge Explosives

Cartridge Explosives Safety Sheet

Chemical Composition

Senatal Pulsar is an emulsion explosives produced from an aqueous
solution of ammonium nitrate emulsified in oil. Senatel Pulsar
products contain ammonium nitrate, fuel oil, aluminium and
sensitising agents

Hazards Identification

The Senatal Pulsar range of explosives are classed as U.N. Division 1.1.D Explosive i.e. Substances which have a mass explosion risk.

(I) Explosion Serious
(ii) Lifting/handling Medium
(iii) Chemical exposure Minor


The product is EXPLOSIVE (E): Mass explosion hazard. Risk
of explosion by shock, friction or fire.
The product is also HARMFUL (Xn) containing ingredients
with a limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect (process oil).

a) Personnel handling explosives must be trained in their use.
b) Personnel should be trained in lifting/handling.
c) Gloves should be worn when handling exposed explosives.

First Aid Measures

Contact with the skin – wash thoroughly with water. Do not ingest.

Fire Fighting Measures

Fires involving explosives must NOT be fought.

An area of at least 300 metres around the fire should be evacuated and the site of the fire must not be approached until it is absolutely certain that the fire is out.

Accidental Release Measures

Spillages of these explosives should be carefully removed and, preferably put into a drill hole for disposal by detonation: if this is not possible the explosive should be destroyed in the manner described in U.I.E.’s leaflet “RECOMMENDED METHODS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF EXPLOSIVES & ACCESSORIES”. See also HSE leaflet HS/G 36 “DISPOSAL OF EXPLOSIVE WASTE & DECONTAMINATION OF EXPLOSVIES PLANT”.

Handling & Storage

Explosives must be handled with care and not subject to naked flame, friction or shock. Smoking whilst handling explosives is forbidden. Explosives may only be stored in licensed premises.

Exposure Controls / Personal Protection

When handling explosives, personnel are advised to wear suitable gloves, see “FIRST AID MEASURE” above.

When handled properly, these explosives do not present any serious hazard to personnel.

Physical and Chemical Properties

These explosives have the consistency of a firm gel. With time, the gel will break down and the material will lose its explosive properties. This process will accelerate with exposure to moisture, but due care should always be taken when handling.

The colour is grey.

The explosive is sold in red,white and blue film with product identification on each cartridge.

Stability and Reactivity

The shelf life of these explosives, stored in good condition is, at least one year.

Toxicological Information

There is no known toxic hazard from these explosives.

Ecological Information

When burned these explosives give off some nitrous fumes.

Should the explosives degenerate and the gel breaks down, disposal in water will result in the release of nitrates and aluminum metal.

Disposal Considerations

See above under “Accidental Release Measures”.

Transport Information

The Transport of Explosives is Controlled by “The Packaging of Explosives for Carriage Regulations” (NI) 1993 and “The Carriage of Explosives by Road Regulations” (NI) 1997.

Regulatory Information

The purchase of explosives is controlled under SRO (NI) No. 110 1970 (Control of Explosives Regulations”, and SR No. 488 1993 “The Placing on the Market and Supervision of Transfer of Explosives Regulations (NI) 1993.

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