Law Concerning Making a Dry Ice Bomb
As fun as dry ice can be to experiment with and as useful as it can be in many ways, this substance can also be quite dangerous. Sure, you can use gloves or tongs when handling it, but simple exposure to skin isn’t the only danger that dry ice can pose.
In fact, there are several states in America that have laws prohibiting a certain use of dry ice. In these states, you can be arrested for using dry ice to create an explosive device. This may sound extreme.
After all, simple dry ice experiments are fun and easy to do, even with your kids. But dry ice can quickly become dangerous too.
Dry Ice Bombs
So what is a dry ice bomb? In fact, it’s pretty simple. To make a dry ice bomb, all you have to do is place some dry ice in a bottle, fill the bottle between ¼ and ½ way with water and then screw on the lid. The sublimation of the dry ice occurs so rapidly that the bottle will explode soon after it is sealed.
The subsequent explosion is usually quite loud and can send debris flying in all directions. Particularly if the explosion happens quickly, you may not be able to get far enough away to avoid serious injury from both the sound waves and the bottle shards.
Of course, glass bottles are much more dangerous than plastic ones, but significant injuries have resulted from the use of both. Because these devices are so dangerous, they are illegal to varying degrees in multiple US states.
Dry ice bombs in Nebraska aren’t specifically prohibited. However, the noise they make when they explode is so loud that it can actually violate local noise ordinances.
In California, these types of bombs are classified as “destructive devices” and are described specifically. Anyone caught with one of these devices can be charged with a number of different crimes depending on the circumstances.
Arizona has a law prohibiting the use of dry ice bombs for any reason intended to harm another person or their property. Certain populations are not allowed to possess a dry ice bomb for any reason. These include illegal immigrants and convicted felons.
The laws concerning dry ice bombs in Utah are among the most stringent in the country. Even simple possession of one of these “homemade explosive devices” is enough for a felony conviction. These Utah laws were enacted in response to a high number of calls concerning dry ice bombs.
In fact, Utah officials went so far as to set a minimum legal age for the purchase of dry ice itself. Anyone attempting to buy dry ice anywhere in Utah must be able to show proof of being at least 16 years of age.
And it’s not hard to see why these laws are becoming increasingly widespread. Something as seemingly innocuous as dry ice and with so many practical uses doesn’t seem like the fuel for a deadly or damaging device.
But in the wrong hands it can cause some serious damage and those dangers need to be recognized.