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THE DANGERS OF CARBON BISULPHIDE IN A LIQUID FORM AND THE BEST METHODS FOR HANDLING AND STORING IT.

Issue 19 and Volume 42.

THE DANGERS OF CARBON BISULPHIDE IN A LIQUID FORM AND THE BEST METHODS FOR HANDLING AND STORING IT. Carbon Bisulphide (Alcohol sulphuris, Carboneum sulphuratum) Sp. gr. 1,268; B. P. 113° F. (46° C.); melting point, -110° C. Vapor density, 2.64; flashing point, -20° C.; solidification point, -116° C.; burning point, -20° C, (at which point it still vaporises); point of spontaneous ignition 145° C. (293° Fahr.). This is a highly colorless paie yellow liquid, of high retractive power, and extremely inflammable, even at 20° C. It is made by passing sulphur fumes over glowing charcoal in iron retorts and then purifying the crude product by distillation; this latter process being very dangerous. Care must be taken to prevent the vapors from being subjected to any pressure, as, under these conditions, there is a danger of explosion, so that, even before the liquid has been given its identity, it is a…

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