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Pyrotechnics is the science of materials capable of undergoing self-contained and self-sustained exothermic chemical reactions for the production of heat, light, gas, smoke and/or sound. Pyrotechnics include not only the manufacture of fireworks, but items such as safety matches, oxygen candles, explosive bolts and fasteners, and components of the automobile safety airbag.

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A typical Chinese Squib
A squib is a miniature explosive device used in a wide range of industries, from special effects to military applications. They resemble tiny sticks of dynamite, both in appearance and construction, although with considerably less explosive power. Squibs can be used to generate mechanical force, as well as to provide pyrotechnic effects for both film and live theatrics. Squibs can be used for shattering or propelling a variety of materials.

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Pyrotechnics Stunt exhibition by "Giant Auto Rodéo" Ciney Belgium
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Pyrotechnics Stunt exhibition by "Giant Auto Rodéo" Ciney Belgium

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Strontium nitrate.
Strontium nitrate Sr(NO3)2 is an acid salt of strontium. It is used as an oxidizer and colorant in fireworks.

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Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives, I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.


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Paul Marie Eugène Vieille (2 September 1854 – 14 January 1934) was a French chemist and the inventor of smokeless gunpowder in 1884.


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