Van Anderson discusses The Fulminator:
The Fulminator shares traits with a closely related word and substance, fulminic acid. Acids are, of course, corrosive, and this one is particularly dangerous because it is unstable and its salts are explosive and often used as detonators. This acid is volatile, and its vapor is toxic.
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