likely to cause an explosive reaction
incendiary - provocative
The word ‘incendiary’ can be used to express an explosive reaction in two ways. Firstly, in a literal sense by describing a bomb designed to cause a fire after detonating, and secondly in a figurative sense by referring to something likely to cause violence or arouse strong feelings of anger.
The politician was forced to apologize for the incendiary remarks he made at a campaign rally.
A number of incendiary devices were discovered during the raid on the suspected terrorist’s apartment.
The journalist launched an incendiary attack on other members of the media for their silence over the affair.