Govt declares ammonium nitrate as explosive
New Delhi: Concerned over its frequent use
by terror groups in making bombs, the government has declared
fertilisers having more than 45 per cent of ammonium nitrate
as an explosive substance.
In a gazette notification, the government has declared
ammonium nitrate as explosive under the Explosive Act 1884.
"... the central government hereby declares that Ammonium
Nitrate or any combination containing more than 45 per cent of
Ammonium Nitrate by weight including emulsions, suspensions,
melts or gels shall be deemed to be an explosive," a
notification of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
The notification said that fertiliser from which either
ammonium nitrate or any of its combination cannot be extracted
would not be classified as explosive.
After the recent Mumbai blasts, the government has
decided to control free movement of ammonium nitrate in order
to restrict its use as explosives by terrorists.
Traces of ammonium nitrate were found from the blast
sites at Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and Dadar in the country's