This article is from the Pyrotechnics FAQ, by Hans Josef Wagemueller firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Articles from rec.pyrotechnics and other miscellaneous
pyrotechnic text files are available by anonymous FTP from
paradox1.denver.colorado.edu in the directory
The so-called "gopher files", a collection of 4 introductory files on
pyrotechnics, are available using a file transfer client called gopher.
The sources for gopher are available via anonymous FTP from
boombox.micro.umn.edu in the directory /pub/gopher/ .
You can see what it looks like by telneting to consultant.micro.umn.edu
and logging in as "gopher". The pyroguide is in the Gopher system under:
Other Gopher and Information Servers/Fun & Games/Recipes/Misc/Pyrotechnics
These files are quite a good introduction to pyrotechnics, including
information on the manufacture of fuses and casings.
"The Big Book Of Mischief", commonly abbreviated TBBOM, is available
via anonymous FTP from ftp.std.com, and has the file path:
obi/Mischief/tbbom13.txt (version 1.3, 1991)
obi/Mischief/tbbom15.txt (version 1.5, 1994)
It can also be obtained through e-mail from email@example.com
This is generally a compilation of articles from many sources such as
'The Poor Man's James Bond' and from here in rec.pyrotechnics. This also
comes under the heading of 'Fringe Literature', as many of the items and
methods contained in it are of dubious safety and reliability.