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BLASTING: 150 years of dynamite

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Dyno Nobel, a global leader in commercial explosives, traces its roots back to Alfred Nobel and his pivotal invention of dynamite. This year marks 150 years of progress due to the power of dynamite.

Dyno Nobel offers a full line of blasting products and expertise.

Before dynamite, the ability to break rock was limited to black powder explosives, which weren’t very strong and required a lot of material. This material was also dangerous to transport. The invention of nitroglycerin in 1846 allowed for stronger and larger explosions, however it was extremely unstable and less safe than black powder. Safety was the original reason Alfred Nobel set forth to create dynamite.

In 1867, Alfred Nobel discovered how to stabilize nitroglycerin by adding diatomaceous earth.  This created the first stable explosive more powerful than black powder. The invention of dynamite marked a pivotal time and led to a step change in global industrialization. Dynamite made it easier to safely extract raw materials. Today, Dyno Nobel continues this tradition by developing practical innovations in blasting.

Although improvements have been made to the original formula of dynamite and blasting practices, dynamite is still in use today and is, at times, the most sustainable solution in blasting. In North America, Dyno Nobel is the only manufacturer of dynamite, producing millions of  kilograms each year. Its plant in Carthage, MO, has been producing dynamite, packaged emulsion and cast boosters since 1902.

Alfred Nobel once said, “If I have 300 ideas and just one turns out to work I am satisfied.” He went on to have 355 patent applications granted during his life.

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