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[mass noun] A putty-like explosive capable of being moulded by hand.‘there was enough plastic explosive in that box to lift off the roof’[count noun] ‘a device to detect plastic explosives’
- ‘One of the caches was huge, with a number of surface to air missiles, grenade launchers, a thousand pounds of plastic explosive and other munitions.’
- ‘One was loaded with an M2 machine gun and another with plastic explosive, fuel oil and dynamite.’
- ‘One plastic explosive, for instance, vibrates at 800 gigahertz.’
- ‘The concrete block has been hollowed out and is packed with enough plastic explosives to kill us’
- ‘The primer cord, a starter for plastic explosive, somehow ignited.’
- ‘He also said he took some of these through the security screening on himself because he had reddish clay to simulate plastic explosive.’
- ‘Pipe bombs and plastic explosive can both be quite small and easily concealed on a person's body or in a bag, he added.’
- ‘Traces of military plastic explosive, more deadly and efficient than commercial varieties, are understood to have been found in the debris of the wrecked Underground carriages and the bus.’
- ‘When the authorities raided his office in 2002 they found $200,000 in cash, plastic explosive and a couple of grenades.’
- ‘Three minutes later, a machine that detects trace explosives showed a positive reading for Semtex, a volatile plastic explosive.’
- ‘At 11.30 am on Tuesday, a piercing explosion rang out as the flares were destroyed five metres below the surface using P4 plastic explosive.’
- ‘An FBI expert witness testified that there was enough plastic explosive hidden in his shoes to blow a large hole in the American Airlines plane.’
- ‘They also found a pump action shotgun, a sub machine gun, thousands of rounds of ammunition, plastic explosive, home-made napalm and bomb making equipment.’
- ‘The bombs used in the other explosions comprised C4 plastic explosive.’
- ‘The bomb in the vehicle was estimated at about 3-400 lb of plastic explosive.’
- ‘Like many airports, Charles de Gaulle uses sniffer dogs to try to detect plastic explosives.’
- ‘Five separate bombs, containing hundreds of pounds of plastic explosive, were reportedly detonated by remote control.’
- ‘The bags contain box cutters, liquid believed to be bleach, and a clay substance that resembled plastic explosive.’
- ‘In the 1970s and 1980s, plastic explosives became a favorite weapon of terrorists.’
- ‘You can see a sheet of plastic explosive in the bottom.’
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