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Description of key information

Not explosive. 

Key value for chemical safety assessment

Explosiveness:
non explosive

Additional information

The molecule has no chemical groups that are associated with explosive properties.

However, furan may form explosive peroxides in the absence of inhibitors (Akron 2009, as cited in NTP 2011). Similarly, in HSDB, furan was reported to have a potential to form moderate explosion hazard when explosed to flame. In inadequate ventilated areas, it is easy to obtain explosive concentrations of the vapour because the boiling point of furan is 32°C (Lewis 2004).

References:

Akron 2009, The Chemical Database. The Department of Chemistry at the University of Akron. http://ull. chemistry.uakron.edu/erd and search on CAS number. Last accessed: 5/09. (as cited in NTP 2011)

HSDB (2011). Hazardous Substances Data Bank. Databank Number 89, last revised 16 June 2011.http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/f?./temp/~lMMQU6:1

Lewis R J Sr. (ed) Sax's Dangerous Properties of Industrial Materials. 11th Edition, Wiley-Interscience, Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken NJ, 2004, p. 1831

Justification for classification or non-classification

There is no evidence to suggest that the substance should be classified for this endpoint.