Initial spark

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By sparked one is explosive by means of initial explosives for detonation brought.

For the commercial sector, explosives are ignited using detonators . If ignited by a fuse or something similar, the explosive would either not react at all or only burn off slowly. The advantage of the initial ignition is the relatively safe transport of explosives or ammunition ; the initial spark was invented by Alfred Nobel in 1863 .

In common parlance, the initial spark is also understood as the “sparking idea ” or an event that triggers a series of further events, ideas or developments.


  • Richard Escales: The Explosives. Sixth issue of nitrous explosives, published by Veit and Comp., Leipzig 1915.
  • R. Biedermann: The explosives, their chemistry and technology. Second edition, BG Teubner Verlag, Leipzig / Berlin 1917.

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