It is a gold solid. It is an explosive, releasing sulfur and nitrogen when detonated. The purer the substance is, the more easily it explodes. It is pale yellow when cold, orange at normal temperature, and red when hot. It reacts with bases. It can be split into disulfur dinitride when it is reacted with silver. It does not dissolve in water.
It can be used to react with many organic compounds.
It is an explosive, so it should not be ground. Explosion releases harmless nitrogen and sulfur.