It will explode at a temperature of over 4700° C produces
about 680 kilocalories (2700 B.T.U) of heat, over
9 cubic feet of gas is formed, with a pressure of
about 13,000 atm (1,90,000 lb./in) which develops
if the explosion takes place in an enclosed space.
Although the amounts of heat and gas liberated in
the explosion are not very much more than twice those
produced in the explosion of an equal amount of gunpowder,
which is a much slower explosive, the shattering power
of blasting gelatin (and similar explosives) is very
much greater than that of gunpowder, this being due
mainly to the greater speed of the explosion reaction.