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8. Commonly Used Chemicals in Pyrotechnics: special caveats and more info




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This article is from the Pyrotechnics FAQ, by Hans Josef Wagemueller zoz@cs.adelaide.edu.au with numerous contributions by others.

8. Commonly Used Chemicals in Pyrotechnics: special caveats and more info

SPECIAL CAVEATS
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AVOID:

Mixing chlorates with: acidic ingredients
sulphur or sulphides
ammonium salts
phosphorus
pitch or asphalt
gum arabic solution.

Mixing picric acid with: lead or lead compounds
almost any other metal.

Mixing ammonium nitrate with metals especially copper.

Mixing nitrates with aluminium WITHOUT boric acid.

Further Information
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Further information about these chemicals, for example chemical, physical
and toxicity data, can be obtained from the following books:

The Merck Index
The CRC Handbook of Physics and Chemistry
Ullmann's Encyclopaedia of Industrial Chemistry
Kirk-Othmer's Encyclopaedia of Chemical Technology

The information may be found elsewhere, but these are the most
comprehensive and readily available.

 

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