Everything You Need To Know About Tannerite

What is Tannerite

According to Science Direct, Tannerite® is a proprietary blend of an oxidizer, ammonium nitrate, and aluminum powder catalyst used to make homemade exploding targets. While it is currently approved for unrestricted sale in the United States, it can be used to form devices capable of inflicting major blast injury. We present here a case of close proximity exposure to detonation of the mixed Tannerite® blend. In our patient, the exposure lead to injuries typical of blast injury, such as tympanic membrane rupture, globe injury, and severe burns. We review here the sequelae of blast injuries that one must consider when treating a patient with close proximity exposure to Tannerite, with considerations unique to this product.

How could something so fun, be legal

According to the Tannerite® Manufacturer the Tannerite brand binary targets fall under the same Federal laws as black powder and all other explosives that are exempt for sporting purposes from the federal regulations of commercial explosives in their unmixed form. (See ATF information regarding binary explosives). Remember though, just because it’s a legal product under Federal law if used as prescribed, does not mean that you can use it in any manner you wish. Unlike firearms, you can legally shoot them; however, there are places where it is forbidden. (In the State of California, you may be required to obtain a permit or license in order to use and/or possess this product). Check and follow all Federal, state, county, and/or local laws and regulations for any applicable permit or license requirements, or other potential restrictions and conditions in your area, for possession and use of Tannerite® brand targets or other binary targets. By mixing Tannerite® brand binary rifle targets, you become the manufacturer of an explosive and assume any and all liabilities. To be in compliance with Federal law (27 CFR 555.11) this product must be mixed and used for non-commercial purposes as a shot indicator only. The mixed Tannerite® brand target must not be transported without the proper endorsements. It is up to the end-user to obtain local authority permission before using our product unless it’s on private property.  Even then if you live close to others it’s best to contact them and explain what you are doing.

Can you manufacture Tannerite yourself

According to the ATF Mixing binary components together constitutes manufacturing explosives. Persons manufacturing explosives for their own personal, non-business use only (e.g., personal target practice) are not required to have a Federal explosives license or permit. However, individuals or companies must obtain a Federal explosives manufacturing license if they intend to engage in the business of manufacturing explosives for sale or distribution, or for their own business use. Such business uses include manufacturing for use in commercial blasting applications, removing obstacles such as trees or rocks during construction, theatrical special effects, and for demonstration or product testing purposes.

Therefore, licensed manufacturers and dealers of pre-mixed binary explosives kits, such as those used to make exploding targets, including those who combine the components to make videos or photos for use in marketing, or to test the product, are subject to Federal recordkeeping requirements and must maintain records of manufacture or acquisition, distribution, exportation, use, inventory and daily summaries of magazine transactions found in 27 CFR, Part 555, Subpart G?Records and Reports.

Who is prohibited from possessing Tannerite

According to the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); persons falling into certain categories are prohibited from possessing explosive materials under the Federal explosives laws. While binary kits are not regulated by ATF, combining the binary components produces an explosive material subject to Federal explosives laws and regulations. Therefore, a prohibited person may not possess mixed binary explosives, such as exploding targets or theatrical flash powder. A prohibited person is any person who:

  • Is under indictment or information for, or who has been convicted of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year;
  • Is a fugitive from justice;
  • Is an unlawful user of, or addicted to, any controlled substance;
  • Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a mental institution;
  • Is an alien (with some exceptions);
  • Has been discharged from the armed forces under dishonorable conditions; or
  • Has renounced their United States citizenship.
  • Any person falling into any of the above categories is generally prohibited from possessing explosive materials. However, such persons may apply to ATF for relief from their Federal explosives disabilities.

What if I am approached by the Authorities and questioned about my targets

The Tannerite® Manufacturer suggests you show them your Tannerite® brand targets and explain what you are doing. If they have further questions please feel free to give them the Tannerite® phone number (877-744-1406) and website (www.tannerite.com). Tannerite® brand targets are sold for a shot-indicator; if you are misusing the product or destroying public property we will not help you. If there are complaints about the noise, please be respectful and stop. Please review A3. for more information.

Where can you buy Tannerite? Click on one of the links below – It really is that easy.


This package includes four 1/2 lbs exploding targets.


Small kit containing 6 exploding targets. Great starter! Comes with everything a standard case comes with including a DVD, mixing container, spoon and written instructions! Great for gifts and first timers wanting to get their feet wet!


These targets are small and convenient yet VERY loud.


The best deal for the 1st time buyer. This is our original target kit. Tannerite is non-hazardous and can be shipped without expensive Hazmat fees. The catalyst mixes easily into each 1/2 pound target. A free instructional video is provided for first time users with every order which shows the legalities and requirements regarding the possession and use of this awesome product.


Tannerite’s Gender Reveal Boom Box is everything you need for a gender reveal with Color Blaze’s colored powder and a 1 lb. Tannerite® brand binary rifle target, all wrapped up in one beautiful package.

  • SURPRISE! The powder is concealed so no one will know what color is inside.
  • Just open the perforated flap on the front of the box and mix the target according to directions.
  • Box contains Color Blaze’s blue colored powder and a one-pound Tannerite® brand target. Directions are printed on the box and on the target.

Got Questions?

Tannerite® offers an array of Frequent Questions (and Answers) in response to inquiries about our products and the policies that surround them.

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