Lead Azide

Other Names

Italian - Acido di Piombo

Spanish - Ácida de Plomo

Belgian - Azoture de Plomb; Nitrure de Plomb


Initiating agent for high explosives.

Lead Azide is used in detonators and primers to replace either wholly or in part Mercury Fulminate. Lead Azide is also used as an initiating agent in military ammunition, and as an ingredient of priming compositions which are physical mixtures of materials that are very sensitive to impact or percussion, and when exploded undergo very rapid autocombustion.


TM 9-1300-214, Military Explosives (w/C4, 1990)

FSTC 381-5042, Handbook of Foreign Explosives (1965)

OP 1664, Volume 1 - US Explosive Ordnance (1947)

USNBD - Bombs and Fuzes, Pyrotechnics (1945)

TM 9-1904, Ammunition Inspection Guide (1944)