Video: Why is fertilizer used in explosives?

Why is fertilizer used in explosives? (video)
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Over the last century, the compound ammonium nitrate has been involved in at least 30 disasters and terrorist attacks.

Under normal circumstances, it's totally harmless and used in things like , so what makes ammonium nitrate turn deadly?

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