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Ever thought of prepping sodium?

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    Ever thought of prepping sodium?

    Anyone ever thought about keeping some on hand to use as a diversionary tactic or to scare someone off? Or maybe just some fun on the 4th of July? I have some I was given by a friend. It makes quite the explosion with the right amount and I'm pretty sure it is legal to have in most states. With a chunk the size of a brick it exerts enough force to crack a swimming pool.

    Please excuse the annoying kids in the video. Guess they were just excited to see something go boom.

    https://youtu.be/NTFBXJ3Zd_4
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    Potassium is better

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    white phosphorus is easier to get, kinda free actually, and you can do a lot with it
    may not go boom but it helps make other things do so

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    Cool idea. Drawbacks are you need sufficient water and the chunk of pure element may travel around erratically prior to exploding if the expanse of water is large enough. It is very entertaining and destructive.
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    Don't get any near a sink. I blew out a drain trap in chem lab once.
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    The alkali earth metals are best stored under dry hydrocarbon solvents like mineral oil in air tight glass containers.

    Potassium will ignite when exposed to humid air, sodium less so, and lithium is not too bad at all.

    When these pure metals come into contact with water they decompose to hydrogen gas and the related metal hydroxide, with considerable generation of heat, which in turn ignites the hydrogen gas if air/oxygen is present.

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    Do you really want to store something as a prep that makes a great party trick, but is hyper-reactive, stored in flammable liquids, and generated lots of heat and an even more flammable gas when it gets wet? Not me, thanks. I love it in chem labs, but I don't want it in my buildings if it's likely to make a fire Worse if it's involved.

 

 

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