Definition of detonator
: a device or small quantity of explosive used for detonating a high explosive
Recent Examples of detonator from the Web
Klotz’s letter said the agency had withheld $686,000 of Sandia’s profit in 2014 for the 2013 detonator accident and other unspecified problems.
The next day, May 20, FBI agents obtained an arrest warrant based on a U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives review of the HMTD and detonators, which were fuses threaded through 5.56-caliber shells.
According to an English-language news organization, The Local, investigators found an image of the Islamic State flag, videos showing ISIS members killing people and instructions on how to make a detonator on the man’s computer.
De Bretton-Gordon said the detonator is especially sophisticated, and not the work of an amateur.
The discomfort grew on Wednesday (May 24), after The New York Times posted a story that contained a number of photos of what are believed to be the detonator, a battery and shrapnel that bomber Salman Abedi used in the attack.
But its apparent overdesign, including the more powerful than usual battery, could flow from a bomb-maker's difficulty in building a reliable detonator.
The photos show what appear to be a detonator and remnants of a backpack believed to have been worn by Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old British citizen blamed for killing 22 people in a suicide bombing on Monday.
July 21, 2005 Three London underground stations and a bus were targeted with explosives, but only the detonators went off, causing no injuries.
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Definition of detonator for English Language Learners
: a device that is used to make a bomb explode
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