Need help creating exploding targets

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    Need help creating exploding targets

    I'm sure everyone is familiar with tannerite. Well, I'm trying to make something that will explode with a much lower velocity projectile, such as from a BB gun. I had an idea I thought would work perfectly, but it doesn't. I bought some of those pop-rocks, you know those little bags you throw at the ground and they pop like a firecracker. I took a big plastic straw and held it closed with pliers and melted one end closed. Then I opened the bag and poured the little rocks inside, followed by some gunpowder. Then I sealed the other end of the straw, probably about 2 inches long total. When I throw it at the ground, the rocks will ignite but the gunpowder will not. But if I take the left-overs, and hold a flame to it, the gunpowder will burn. So I'm scratching my head as to why this doesn't work.

    So any ideas how I can fix this? Or any other ideas how to make an exploding target? Noise isn't entirely what I'm looking for. I want to be able to place these inside of objects, such as a fruit or potato or something and have it explode when I shoot it. ANy thoughts?
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    Black powder is shock sensitve...its what caps are made from. The hammer pops the cap and sets it off.

    Of course, getting something that works well is not as easy as it sounds. There are various formulas scattered throughout the Internet for such things and I suggest you do a search for them there.

    Although it's probably legal to do something like that in Texas, its probably not in the Socialist states, so I'm going to close this one. Better safe than sorry.
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    You might look into nitrogen triiodide. Easy to make, but very shock and temperature sensitive. The former works in your favor for what you want to do; the latter does not.
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