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Monday, March 12, 2007

Molotov Cocktail

Molotov cocktail, named after Vyacheslav Molotov and also known as the petrol bomb, benzene torch, Molotov grenade or Molotov bomb, is the generic name for a variety of crude incendiary weapons. While they are commonly associated with guerrilla forces and rioters, they are actually more frequently used for basic arson. In urban slang, they are often referred to as a “homemade frag,” "dragon's wrath," or “the poor man’s hand grenade.”


A Molotov cocktail consists of a glass bottle partly filled with flammable liquid, typically gasoline. When gasoline is used as the main ingredient, motor oil or sugar is commonly added to help the gasoline cling to the target. A gasoline soaked rag is placed in the neck of the bottle, extending out of the neck. The bottle is then corked in order to hold the rag in place. The rag is then lit, and the bottle is thrown.

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