AFMAN 24-204(I)/TM 38-250/NAVSUP PUB 505/MCO P4030.19H/ DLAI 4145.3
11 DECEMBER 2001
inside cartons may be packed in DOT 15A, 15B, 16A, 19A, or 19B wooden boxes or DOT 12B fiberboard boxes.
Flash cartridges, in quantities not over 5 pounds, packaged in small interior wooden boxes, may be packed with
nonexplosive, nonflammable, and noncorrosive items.
A27.17.5. Unit pack no more than six flash sheets in an inside container. Intermediate pack no more than 12 unit
packages in a pasteboard box or carton and packed in a DOT 15A, 16A, 19A, or 19B wooden box or DOT 12B
fiberboard box. The gross weight of wooden boxes must not be over 150 pounds. The gross weight of fiberboard
boxes must not be over 65 pounds.
A27.17.6. Package photographic flash powder in specification containers as specified in A26.17.3, except the inside
container must be strong enough to hold up to 2 ounces each of contents. If bottles are used, each bottle must be
packed in a securely closed fiber mailing tube with metal ends. Not more than forty eight 2-ounce bottles may be
packed in an exterior wooden box. When packed in units not over 1-ounce each without bottles in similar fiber
mailing tubes and exterior wooden boxes, the gross weight of each exterior box must not be over 150 pounds. The
gross weight of exterior fiberboard boxes must not be over 65 pounds.
A27.17.7. Package toy torpedoes in wooden boxes, DOT 15A, 15B, 16A, 19A, 19B, or fiberboard boxes DOT 12B
containers. Not more than 20 one-quarter gross cartons totaling not more than five gross of toy torpedoes are
authorized per fiberboard box. The gross weight of a fiberboard box must not be over 35 pounds. The gross weight
of a wooden box must not be over 65 pounds.
- Do not pack toy torpedoes of any kind with other fireworks.
- Pack toy torpedoes containing a cap in sawdust in inside paper or cardboard cartons. The size of the carton
must not be less than 4 cubic inches for each grain of explosive.
- Pack toy torpedoes containing a mixture of potassium chlorate, black antimony, and sulfar, in an inner
container containing not more than 36 torpedoes. The capacity of this inner container must be at least 105
cubic inches, and it must be divided into 12 equal compartments. All vacant space inside the container must
be filled with sawdust or fine shavings.
A27.17.8. Ship distress signals may be packed in outside DOT 12 fiberboard boxes provided:
- They are packed in inside metal containers. These containers must be made from at least 24 gauge sheet iron
or other metal of equal strength.
- The inner container is closed by positive means (not friction).
- Inside containers completely fill the outside container.
- The gross weight is not over 95 pounds.
A27.17.9. Marine location markers (eight each) and aircraft flares (two each) may be packed two each in a Navy-
designed, preformed polystyrene container banded with pressure-sensitive tape. Pallet loads must have 2-feet high,
¼-inch plywood border around the lower portion of the load. Polystyrene case may be overwrapped in heat sealed
polyethylene bag .006 inch thickness minimum. Consolidate 18 such containers in a wirebound wood box MIL-B-
43096, type II, class 2, lined top, bottom and sides with fiberboard, PPP-F-320, grade W6c or equal.
A27.17.10. Illuminating projectiles, incendiary projectiles, and smoke projectiles over 90 pounds in weight each, or
of not less than 4 ½ inches in diameter, may be palletized. Securely block and brace the palletized load according to
methods prescribed by the responsible military department. A shipment container is not required.
A27.17.11. Illuminating projectiles, incendiary projectiles, and smoke projectiles less than 4 ½ inches in diameter
may be shipped without being boxed, when palletized and securely blocked and braced with methods prescribed by
the responsible military department.
A27.17.12. MK27 Mod O guided missile flares or MK28-3 target flares may be packed in MK2 Mod O metal
A27.17.13. Practice or exercise warheads containing polytechnics may be shipped two each in a metal box (MK34,
Mod O) with a gross weight over 65 pounds.
A27.17.14. Flares may be packed in flame-retardent polystyrene cases. The polystyrene cases must be shipped
palletized, covered with plywood or wirebound sheathing secured with steel strapping.
A27.18. High Explosives.
- High explosives, consisting of a liquid mixed with an absorbent material, must have the absorbent (wood pulp
or similar material) in sufficient quantity and be of satisfactory quality, and properly dried at the time of
mixing. Nitrate of soda must be dried at the time of mixing to less than 1 percent of moisture; and the
ingredients must be uniformly mixed so that the liquid will remain thoroughly absorbed under the most
unfavorable atmospheric conditions incident to transportation.
- High explosives containing nitroglycerin or other liquid explosive ingredients must be uniformly mixed with
an absorbent material and a satisfactory antacid. The antacid must be in sufficient quantity to have the