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1867 In consequence of the prohibition on use of nitro-glycerine, Alfred Nobel made attempts to adapt nitro-glycerine by the use of additional materials, making its transport comparatively safe. He subsequently discovered the process of mixing nitro-glycerine with silica or charcoal or paper or other bodies as absorbent, to produce the explosive subsequently known as dynamite.
From the date of Nobel's patent down to the passing of the Nitro-glycerine Act of 1869, Webb and Co were sole importers of this explosive. They promoted its use but their operations were stopped by the Act and the regulations of the Home Office, under wh1ch the transport of nitro-glycerine was absolutely prohibited.
1871 Mr. Nobel, a Mr. Downie, and Messrs. Webb and Co., promoted the British Dynamite Company, Limited, which company acquired Mr. Nobel's patent of 1867, and two others.