This article is from the Pyrotechnics FAQ, by Hans Josef Wagemueller firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Often you will see an interesting composition or method posted to
rec.pyrotechnics and the temptation is to run out and try it immediately.
However, sometimes information posted will contain errors, or omit
important safety aspects. Sometimes people will post methods that they
heard from some vague source, or that they think should work but haven't
Leave it for a couple of days to see if anyone on the net responds to it.
If not, get a printout of it and read it several times to make sure you
are completely familiar with it. If you have any questions or corrections
for an article, please don't hesitate to post. People on the net would
much rather answer a question that may seem "silly" to you, than to have
you get hurt.
Also, a complete archive of rec.pyrotechnics is available on the server
news.armory.com in its original message format. You can therefore do a
search on past articles there and quite probably find the information
you are looking for without needing to ask again. To read the archives,
first set your news host by setting the NNTPSERVER environment variable
to news.armory.com - this is achieved on Unix machines by typing:
setenv NNTPSERVER news.armory.com
You may then start your newsreader in the usual way. Note however that
to resume reading news from your local server you must quit the newsreader
and reset the NNTPSERVER variable.