An Overview of Trinitrotoluene (TNT)
trinitrotoluene, which is somewhat easier to remember than its chemical formula, CH
3C6H2(NO2)3. 2,4,6-TRINITROTOLUENE is a 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene, which is an explosive
chemical that can cause skin irritation and other toxic consequences. 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene is a
yellow, odorless solid that does not occur naturally in the environment. It is commonly known as
TNT and is an explosive used in military shells, bombs, and grenades, in industrial uses, and in
underwater blasting. 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene production in the United States occurs solely at
military arsenals. TRINITROTOLUENE is an explosive solid. Primary hazard is from effects of
a blast. Not designed to produce significant fragmentation or throw projectiles. May explode
under exposure to intense heat or fire.
Keywords: 2,4,6-TRINITROTOLUENE, 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene, explosive, industrial uses.
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