Black match

Black match, also known as bare match, is a simple fuse that is regularly used in pyrotechnics, is very easily ignited and typically burns about 1 inch (2.5 cm) per second, depending on the quality of the black powder used. Commercially it is used almost exclusively for the manufacture of quick match or in priming.

Black Powder (Sulphurless)

Sulphurless Black Powder is a common variant of Black Powder that contains no sulphur. This uncommon variety is used when it is desirable to prevent the contact between the sulphur and other chemicals, e.g. chlorates, for safety reasons.


Black Powder (Slurry)

Black powder slurry is a paste made from black powder that is used to help light various pyrotechnic devices. It is the most common way to prime pyrotechnics. There are two commonly used forms of black powder slurry.

The first is water soluble and is usually made by adding 1 to 5% dextrin by weight to fine black powder and adding just enough water to make the mixture the consistency of thin pancake batter.      


Black Powder (Pulverone)

Pulverone sometimes refered as granulated, is ball milled black powder that has been slightly moistened so that it just clings together and pressed through a fine screen (a window screen will work). The resultant granules are dried and used for a number of different tasks. While you can leave the black powder in the ball milled state for packing in tubes - it will be a fine dust and very hard to work with.

Black Powder (Meal Powder)

Meal powder is the fine dust left over when black powder is corned and screened to separate it into different grain sizes. It is used extensively in various pyrotechnic procedures, usually to prime other compositions. It can also be used in many fireworks to add power and substantially increasing the height of the firework. Meal powder is a side product of milling high-quality black powder.

Black Powder (Corned)

Corning is the process by which meal powder, or finely divided black powder, is compressed into cakes, crushed, and then screened by particle size into different size categories. This process alters the burn rate of black powder, giving it more flexibility for different applications.

In general corned BP (slightly wetted, pressed with a hydraulic press, let dry, crushed and screened) is nothing faster than hand-granulated or "riced" BP. Some people have shown that the opposite can be true.

Black Powder

Black powder is a chemical mixture invented in the 9th century and was practically the only known propellant and explosive until the middle of the 19th century. As such it has been superseded by more efficient explosives such as smokeless powders and TNT. It is still manufactured today although primarly used in fireworks, model rocket engines, and in reproductions of muzzleloading weapons.

Bird Banger

Bird bangers, or bear bangers, are a type of pyrotechnic ammunition aimed for scaring off birds or other harmful animals. They are intended to be shot with a 6mm flobert blank firing pistol equipped with a 15mm add-on signal muzzle. The blank cartridge muzzle flame ignites the drive/delay charge and the muzzle pressure throws ammunition on it's way. After the delay charge is consumed, the explosive charge ignites with a very, very loud report in the air.



A binder is an adhesive substance that is used in pyrotechnics to bond powdered compositions in to solid forms, such as but not exclusively; stars, grains, and some fuses (black match), and primes. Glues used for other applications, such as gluing paper products can also be included in the definition of a fireworks binder.



A Beraq Shell is a type of aerial shell traditionally made by the pyrotechnicians of Malta. This type of shell is either a single shell, or multiple shells timed to break separately, in which, at effect, a break charge propels projectiles outward in the same pattern and fashion as a chrysanthemum shell propels stars.


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