CRPF arrests two J&K residents with detonators at Chandigarh bus stand
Chandigarh- Panic gripped ISBT, Sector 43, when Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and local police cordoned off the entire area after arresting two migrant labourers for possessing two live detonators, on Sunday night.
The arrested labourers, from Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir, were identified as Mohammed Safi and Mudayar Ahmed. Safi is a juvenile. Both worked with a road contractor in Kotkhai town in Shimla and were going back to their native house in Jammu & Kashmir. The two detonators were 1cm long. Initial investigation has ruled out any link of the labourers with any terrorist outfit.
A detonator is a device used to trigger an explosive device. Detonators can be chemically, mechanically, or electrically initiated, the latter two being the most common.
The commercial use of explosives uses electrical detonators or the capped fuse which is a length of safety fuse to which an ordinary detonator has been crimped. Many detonators’ primary explosive is a material called ASA compound. This compound is formed from lead azide, lead styphnate and aluminium and is pressed into place above the base charge, usually TNT or tetryl in military detonators and PETN in commercial detonators.
Other materials such as DDNP (diazo dinitro phenol) are also used as the primary charge to reduce the amount of lead emitted into the atmosphere by mining and quarrying operations. Old detonators used mercury fulminate as the primary, and it was often mixed with potassium chlorate to yield better performance.