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Substance Name: C-4 (explosive)
RN: 57608-52-3


  • C-4 is made up of explosives, plastic binder, plasticizer and, usually, marker or taggant chemicals such as 2,3-dimethyl-2,3-dinitrobutane (DMDNB) to help detect the explosive and identify its source.
    As with many plastic explosives, the explosive in C-4 is RDX (cyclonite or cyclotrimethylene trinitramine), which makes up around 91% of C-4 by weight. The plasticizer is diethylhexyl or dioctyl sebacate (5.3%) and the binder is usually polyisobutylene (2.1%).
    Another plasticizer used is dioctyl adipate (DOA). A small amount of SAE 10 non-detergent motor oil (1.6%) is also added. /Wikipedia 01/06/09/
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Name of Substance

  • C-4 (explosive)


  • C 4
  • C 4 (explosive)
  • C-4
  • C4

Registry Numbers

CAS Registry Number

  • 57608-52-3

System Generated Number

  • 0057608523