- a white, crystalline, water-insoluble, explosive solid, C5H8N4O12, used chiefly as a high explosive and as a vasodilator in treating angina pectoris.
Origin of pentaerythritol tetranitrate
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Fortunately for the crew and passengers, the liquid didn't make enough contact with PETN to create an explosion.
The attempted Christmas bomber, Abdulmutallab, had a six-inch long packet of PETN sewn into his underpants.
“PETN can easily be stitched into clothing and hidden around the body,” an FBI agent familiar with the explosive tells me.