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Stunning fireworks conceal complex chemical activity

By Richard Brill

POSTED: 02:33 a.m. HST, Jul 04, 2014

~~<p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Tonight while watching the sky light up with colored streamers, star bursts and smiley faces, you will be watching chemistry in action.</span></p>
<p class="p1">The gunpowder that launches aerials out of their cardboard tubes is a mixture of saltpeter (potassium nitrate), carbon and sulfur. All three are commonly occurring minerals that are inert individually.</p>
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Tonight while watching the sky light up with colored streamers, star bursts and smiley faces, you will be watching chemistry in action.

The gunpowder that launches aerials out of their cardboard tubes is a mixture of saltpeter (potassium nitrate), carbon and sulfur. All three are commonly occurring minerals that are inert individually. Login for more...



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