Fireworks are a source of endless and explosive fun. Many happy childhood memories involve their spectacular bursts of color and light. Those who have a lifelong love of watching and setting offmay want to take their pyrotechnic fun to the next level, which is the adventure of making one's own . Assembling one's own can turn out to be a surprisingly easy and inexpensive process.
A firework, when viewed as a chemistry project, consists of three basic components: a fuel, an, and additives. Fuels used in include such as aluminum, non-metallic inorganic materials like , and a large variety of carbon-based substances. Oxidizers produce oxygen to support the burning of the fuel. The most common types of are nitrates, perchlorates and chlorates. Additives is a catch-all category of substances that may modify the rate and temperature of the fuel's burning, provide the color of the , bind the ingredients together, or alter the mechanical behavior of the components when the firework is set off.
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