Hexogen is one of the most powerful conventional explosives. Developed during World War II, it is a hard, white solid that’s relatively safe and inexpensive. It’s usually mixed with oils or waxes to make a plastic explosive. Considered more effective than TNT, it’s primarily a military explosive with a few specialty applications in the oil industry.
Following are terror-related cases where hexogen was discovered:
_ August, 2004: Russian authorities report finding traces of the explosive hexogen in the wreckage of one of two airliners that crashed nearly simultaneously, killing 89 people.
_ August, 2000: Bomb blasts at a popular shopping center in Riga, Latvia, injures 28 people, three seriously. Police officials report hexogen may have been used.
_ November 1999: In St. Petersburg, Russia, police arrest a man found with four sections of a missile warhead carrying high explosives. ITAR-Tass said the segments contained hexogen.
_ September 1999: In Moscow, apartment bombings killed some 300 people. Authorities blame Chechen separatists for the explosions, which involved hexogen.
_ February, 1985: In West Germany, police arrest a man at Frankfurt airport after finding his luggage contained 23 pounds of explosives identified as hexogen.
_October, 1983: In Beirut, Lebanon, a suicide bomber rams a pickup truck packed with explosives into U.S. Marine headquarters, killing 241 U.S. servicemen.