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Pyrotechnics FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about basic details, safety information and answers to frequently asked questions about pyrotechnics.

This FAQ about basic details, safety information and answers to frequently asked questions about pyrotechnics was compiled and written by Hans Josef Wagemueller zoz@cs.adelaide.edu.au with numerous contributions by others.

--*** Many thanks to Dave Pierson, Christian Brechbuehler, Ken Shirriff,
--*** Petri Pihko, Bill Nelson, Robert Herndon, Mike Moroney, Geoffrey Davis
--*** and others for their helpful comments, corrections, additions and advice.

-1. Introduction - Welcome to rec.pyrotechnics
Rec.pyrotechnics is a worldwide newsgroup dedicated to the discussion ...
-2. Reading rec.pyrotechnics
Often you will see an interesting composition or method posted ...
-3. Posting to rec.pyrotechnics
If you have a composition or a method that has served you well, ...
-4. Legal Aspects of Pyrotechnics
Chances are that many of the procedures involved in pyrotechnics ...
-5. PGI - Pyrotechnics Guild International
Pyrotechnics Guild International, Inc is a non-profit organization ...
-6a. Fireworks Literature
These are extremely good books on the subject of pyrotechnics, and ...
-6b. Fringe Literature (Pyrotechnics)
These books usually deal with home-made explosives etc. more ...
-6c. Net-Available Information (Pyrotechnics)
Articles from rec.pyrotechnics and other ...
-7. Safety rules (Pyrotechnics)
First though, here are some safety rules. Read these and memorize them....
-7a. Nitrogen Tri-Iodide, NI3.NH3 (Pyrotechnics)
Nitrogen Tri-Iodide is a very unstable compound that ...
-7b. Thermite (Pyrotechnics)
The thermite reaction is a redox reaction that produces a lot of heat ...
-7c. Dry Ice Bombs (Pyrotechnics)
Dry ice bombs are devices that use pressure to burst a container,...
-7d. Smoke Bombs (Pyrotechnics)
A relatively cheap and simple smoke mixture is potassium ...
-7e. Basic Pyrotechnic Devices (Pyrotechnics)
-7f. Terminator Bombs, MacGyver, etc. (Pyrotechnics)
The first thing to remember when watching pyrotechnics in movies, ...
-7g. Match Rockets (Pyrotechnics)
How To Build A Match ...
-8. Commonly Used Chemicals in Pyrotechnics: intro
Ignitibility and ...
-8. Commonly Used Chemicals in Pyrotechnics: A-B
Aluminium, Al -- ...
-8. Commonly Used Chemicals in Pyrotechnics: C-D
Calcium carbonate, CaCO3 -- ...
-8. Commonly Used Chemicals in Pyrotechnics: G-M
Gallic acid (3,4,5-trihydroxybenzoic acid)...
-8. Commonly Used Chemicals in Pyrotechnics: P
Parlon -- Colour Enhancer, ...
-8. Commonly Used Chemicals in Pyrotechnics: S-Z
Saran -- Colour Enhancer, ...
-8. Commonly Used Chemicals in Pyrotechnics: special caveats and more info
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