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Blasting Agent refers to a compound or mixture like ammonium nitrate or black powder that detonates as a result of heat or shock. It is used in mining, blasting, pyrotechnics, and propellants.
18 USCS § 841 defines Blasting Agent as follows:
(e) "Blasting agent" means any material or mixture, consisting of fuel and oxidizer, intended for blasting, not otherwise defined as an explosive: Provided, That the finished product, as mixed for use or shipment, cannot be detonated by means of a numbered 8 test blasting cap when unconfined.