There seems to be a great controversy regarding the printing of articles which describe how to make explosives at home. Sites are being banned that have, for example, the Anarchistic Cookery book, describing how to make explosives from household chemicals. The reason usually given by the courts is that national security would be compromised if such information were generally available.
However, this is hogwash since it is commonly known that all of the information is already publicly available in most major libraries. Obviously the officially stated position is covering up a more important reason: they do not want the people to know how easy it is to make explosives. To demonstrate how easy, I will provide a recipe for the construction of a thermonuclear device, which will hopefully clear up any misconceptions you might have about such a project.
We will see how easy it is to make such a device of your own, in ten easy steps, to have and hold as you see fit, without annoying interference from the government or the courts.
This device will cost you between $5,000 and $30,000 dollars, depending on how fancy you want the final product to be.
2. CONSTRUCTION METHOD
1. First, obtain about 110 kg (50 pounds)of weapons grade Plutonium at your local supplier (see NOTE). A nuclear powerplant is not recommended, as large quantities of missing Plutonium tends to make plant engineers unhappy. I suggest that you contact your local terrorist cell, or perhaps the Junior Achievement in your neighborhood.
2. Please remember that Plutonium, especially pure, refined Plutonium, is somewhat dangerous. Wash your hands with soap and warm water after handling the material, and don't allow your children or pets to play in it or eat it. Any left over Plutonium dust is excellent as an insect repellant. You may wish to keep the substance in a lead box if you can find one in your local junk yard, but an old coffee can will do nicely.
3. Fashion together a metal enclosure to house the device. Most common varieties of sheet metal can be bent to disguise this enclosure as, for example, a briefcase, a lunch pail, or a Buick. Do not use tinfoil.
4. Arrange the Plutonium into two hemispheral shapes, separated by about 4 cm. Use rubber cement to hold the Plutonium dust together.
5. Now get about 220 kg (100 pounds) of trinitrotoluene (TNT). Gelignite is much better, but messier to work with. Your helpful hardware man will be happy to provide you with this item.
6. Pack the TNT around the hemisphere arrangement constructed in step 4. If you cannot find Gelignite, fell free to use TNT packed in with Playdo or any modeling clay. Colored clay is acceptable, but there is no need to get fancy at this point.
7. Enclose the structure from step 6 into the enclosure made in step 3. Use a strong glue such as "Crazy Glue" to bind the hemisphere arrangement against the enclosure to prevent accidental detonation which might result from vibration or mishandling.
8. To detonate the device, obtain a radio controlled (RC)servo mechanism, as found in RC model airplanes and cars. With a modicum of effort, a remote plunger can be made that will strike a detonator cap to effect a small explosion. These detonatior caps can be found in the electrical supply section of your local supermarket. I recommend the "Blast-O-Mactic" brand because they are no deposit-no return.
9. Now hide the completed device from the neighbors and their/your children. The garage is not recommended because of high humidity and the extreme range of temperatures experienced there. Nuclear devices have been known to spontaneously detonate in these unstable conditions. The hall closet or under the kitchen sink will be perfectly suitable.
10. Now you are the proud owner of a working thermonuclear device! It is a great ice-breaker at parties, and in a pinch, can be used for home protection or national defense.
3. THEORY OF OPERATION
The device basically works when the detonated TNT compresses the Plutonium into a critical mass (no, not your aunt!). The critical mass then produces a nuclear chain reaction similar to the domino chain reaction. The chain reaction then promptly produces a big thermonuclear reaction. And there you have it, a 10 megaton explosion!
1. Plutonium (PU), atomic number 94, is a radioactive metallic element formed by the decay of Neptunium and is similar in chemical structure to Uranium, Saturium, Jupiternium, and Marisum.
This article is a rewritten version (by me)of an older one taken from The journal of Irreproducible Results, Volume 25/Number 4/1979. P.O. Box 234 Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411.
I have no idea who wrote the original, but thought you might enjoy it.