DHS Solicits Chemicals: Why Would the TSA Need Potassium Chlorate?

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Image Source: Chemistryland.com – Potassium Chlorate is commonly used as an oxygen source in rockets and in fireworks.


Potassium Chlorate (KCLO3) is a colorless crystalline solid that is able to dissolve in water. It’s used in the manufacture of fireworks, and when mixed with phosphorous becomes Armstrong’s mixture, a very sensitive explosive that has been used in IEDs (improvised explosive devices). It was used in early explosive primers and is still used by some manufacturers. Mixed with silver fulminate it can make novelty items such as firecrackers, pop guns and crackers. It’s a main component in smoke grenades. Mixed with common bleach it can be made into plastic explosive.

It can be used as a disinfectant but doing so is fraught with difficulty as contact with the substance causes skin irritation and irritation of the eyes, nose and mouth. Ingestion, should it get into the water supply, causes damage to the pituitary gland, thyroid gland and the composition of blood. Although used in water treatment plants, it is filtered out before the water even enters the pipes that lead to reservoirs let alone domestic users.

Just adding Potassium Chorate to table sugar and adding one drop of sulphuric acid causes an intense fire instantly. The following video explains this extremely well and shows how the fire is literally instant with just one drop of battery acid added to the beaker. Go to 3:25 if you just want to see the reaction.

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Care should also be taken not to store or use near heat sources or under pressure due to its ready flammability and its explosive potential.

So, I think you’ll agree that this is not a chemical you should be keeping under the kitchen sink, or in a place where it may ‘inadvertently’ come into contact with an airport full of people, or worse still ‘inadvertently’ end up in a pressurized aircraft cabin.

You have to wonder why the Department of Homeland Security Transport Security Administration has put out a solicitation for 510 500-gram bottles of Potassium Chlorate crystals.

The DHS Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires the following items, Exact Match Only, to the following:
LI 001:Potassium Chlorate Crystals: Certified ACS (K C1 03), 500 grams/bottle, 510, EACH;

You can read the whole solicitation request here.

Maybe it’s just me but I find this a little mystifying. Would anyone like a slice of false flag with their morning coffee?

Sources:

FedBizOpps

eKnow How

www.acs.org

www.nuffieldfoundation.org

www.sincow.com


Contributed by Chris Carrington of The Daily Sheeple.

Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple. Wake the flock up!

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