Explosives shipping classification system

Explosives shipping classification system

The matrix of the various United Nations Explosives shipping classification system and typical uses. Each classification consists of a Class Number that indicates the shipping hazard and a Compatibility group suffix describing the type of material in general. This is not to be relied upon for the United States:

Compatibility Groups --> Primary explosive substance


Article, primary explosive, without two protective features




Aricle, Secondary Explosive or primary explosive with two protective features




Extremely Insensitive


Packed so as to not hinder near-by firefighters


1.1 - Mass explosion Possible 1.1A

Mercury fulminate, Lead azide Etc.


Blasting caps

1.1C 1.1D

Detonating cord, Blasting Explosives


Flash powder, Bulk Salutes

1.2 - Projecton but not mass explosion 1.2B 1.2C 1.2D 1.2G

Fireworks (Rare)

1.3 - Fire, minor blast 1.3C 1.3G

Display Fireworks

1.4 - Minor explosion hazard. 1.4B

Blasting Caps

1.4C 1.4D

Det. Cord


Consumer Fireworks, Proximate Pyro


Proximate Pyro, Blasting Caps Small Arms Ammunition

1.5 - Blasting Agent, very insensitive 1.5D

Blasting Agents

1.6 - Explosives, extremely insensitive, no mass explosions 1.6N

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