Slow motion contact explosive
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Nitrogen triiodide is a highly unstable substance that detonates when disturbed. So we disturbed it.
Nitrogen triiodide is so unstable that even something like a mosquito landing on it can set it off. Three iodine atoms cluster around one side of a nitrogen atom. Being crowded around one end causes something called bond strain as the atoms repel each other in a small space. The result is that the molecule is prone to falling apart, explosively.
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