It dissolves iodine and absorbs chlorine, and is decomposed by water with formation of chromic and hydrochloric acids; it takes fire in contact with sulphur, ammonia, alcohol, &c., and explodes in contact with phosphorus; it also acts as a powerful oxidizing agent.
It boils at 59° C. (12 mm.), and explodes when heated.
It explodes in contact with concentrated sulphuric acid.
By the action of bleaching powder on methylamine hydrochloride, there is obtained a volatile liquid (methyldichloramine, CH 3 -N C1 2), boiling at 58-60° C., which explodes violently when heated with water, yielding hydrocyanic acid (CH 3 NC1 2 =HCN+2HC1).