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The present disclosure sets forth the compound 3-azidopicric acid and a method of making the same. The method of producing 3-azidopicric acid is a two step reaction process of first reacting 3-aminopicric acid with sulfuric acid and sodium nitrite, and then reacting the result of the first step with phosphoric acid and sodium azide. Additionally described is a method of producing KDNP (4,6-dinitro-7-hydroxybenzofuroxan, potassium salt), by reacting 3-AzPA with potassium bicarbonate.