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Manufacture: The Stricklin Companies
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Safety is a very critical area of concern for all users of explosives. Safety was one of the most important factors that we considered during the three years of product development that led up to our final product. The assessment of potential danger to handlers, transporters, and emergency personnel was the critical characteristic that was the focus of the classification testing performed by Safety Management Services under the auspices of the US Department of Transportation. By design, all explosives must be sensitive to some form of energy to initiate the process. Some explosives are extremely sensitive to temperature, pressure, static electricity, passage of time, electromagnetic fields, radio transmissions, and the like. Before testing our finished product, the contents were subjected to a series of sensitivity tests that compared our product's sensitivity to the known sensitivity parameters of PETN. Our compound was verified to be sensitive to static electricity at levels well above the sensitivity of PETN and above the level of static electricity that a human is capable of generating. Testing also showed that we are sensitive to friction, but again, well above the level of sensitivity of PETN. What the testers found amazing was that our product was totally insensitive to impact.

Our cartridge is designed to eliminate the danger of accidental initiation by static electricity, even in a lightning storm. The contents are completely encased in a non-conducting PC-ABS plastic that is used on insulators in very high voltage applications. The cartridge is further coated with a non-conductive wax to eliminate the possibility of holding a charge that could be transferred to the blasting cap as or after it has been inserted. We went through a number of formulations to find a compound that would be blasting cap sensitive yet relatively insensitive to impact and friction. Our product can be dropped from any height onto any surface, crushed or run over without initiating it. One of a blaster's biggest nightmares is an uninitiated high explosive after the device has been set in a bore hole because it must be extracted, usually by hand, putting the person doing the extraction at great risk. Our product can be extracted mechanically because, if the bucket happened to create a friction condition, it can only burn up and not explode.


In determining the storage and transportation aspect of this unique product, the DOT required that one cartridge in a box of cartridges be ignited to see if a mass detonation could occur. The loaded box is covered with a number of sandbags. This test was repeated three times and in each case, only the cartridge with the blasting cap detonated. In each test, several of the cartridges survived with external charring and several of the cartridges ruptured and the contents burned but did not detonate. The testers explained that they had never witnessed a cap sensitive device that didn't mass detonate.


Many explosives are affected dramatically by temperature. Most lose their effectiveness when the temperature drops below freezing. Our external package will be the limiting factor on our product, and that is well below temperatures found in nature on our planet. Most explosives become unstable or more sensitive when subjected to high ambient heat. Our QSX1 Power Cartridge was placed in an oven for 48 hours at 75 degrees Celsius without changing color or weight and did not become unstable.


The final storage related test is a fire test where a minimum of 0.15 cubic meters of packaged product is placed over a large quantity of diesel soaked wood. This is filmed and evaluated to ensure that no fireballs are created and no material is ejected outside of the eight foot circle. The burn duration is also timed. In theory, this provides the comfort of seeing that the product will not pose a serious threat to firefighters or, in the case of a truck fire, endanger people in the immediate area. Our results were well within the required limits of the test for a 1.4C classification. Standard firefighting practices of water or foam may be used to fight a fire with our product present. For handling, storage and transportation, our QSX1 Power Cartridge is as safe as a box of road flares, in my humble opinion.

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