8 Pound Thermite Kit

What’s better than 4 lbs. of Volcanic Thermite Fury? How about 8 POUNDS of it? I’ve always said that once you get a taste of making your own pyro, you‘re gonna wanna go BIGGER. It’s just like McDonald’s… Why get a small fry, when you can Super-Size it! Now you can grab up an 8 […]

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Great Magnesium Formulas for Stars

Here is a collection of different formulas for making (mostly) stars using magnesium powder. The information is a little stingy. It was all gleaned from The Wizard’s Pyrotechnic Formulary. This is a collection of more than 2600 different fireworks formulas compiled by Donald Haarmann. Even though there is zero information on how to make the […]

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Easy Red & Green Twinkling Mag Stars

For those of you who are having problems with your stars failing to ignite, here’s a star you should make to regain your confidence using a production method that has worked every time for me – with beautiful results. The formula is one of Dave Bleser’s as shown in his book, Round Stars and Shells, […]

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Nitrate-Based Strobes

You Must Have Java Turned On To View This Video White Strobes by Ned Gorski A question was asked on rec.pyrotechnics about formulations for strobe comps that do not use dichromate. Here are some nitrate-based compositions. #1 works particularly well, and by tuning the amount of 200-mesh vs. 60-mesh MgAl, it can speed the strobe […]

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Ratzilla attacks skylighter warehouse

Somebody asked what the weirdest thing was that ever happened at Skylighter. This story is the absolute truth…but I know you still won’t believe it! [this is long--sorry. don't read it if you hate really weird pyro stories--part 1 today, part 2 tomorrow. Be sure to read both.] Long ago in a Skylighter far, far […]

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Black Smoke Christmas Tree to Explode in Washington, DC Today November 30, 2012

There will be a “lighting” of a black smoke Christmas tree at 2:30 today, Eastern Time in Washington, DC. You can watch it streaming live over the internet. Read on to find out how to watch it. Warning, this is an experiment. Even the artist does not know if it will work. But Chinese artist […]

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Fireworking.com: A New Fireworks Community Website Just Announced

I just received an email from Ned Gorski that his new Fireworking.com website is now up and running. And indeed I was able to go onto the site just now, and join.  $40 buys a one year subscription. And Ned wrote back that I was member number 100. Ned has been working on this site […]

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Now these are shells!

Now these are shells!

These shells are absolutely positively stunning! It’s not very often that a fireworks display makes the old man jump up out of his chair like this one did.

These bits of Maltese fireworks shell magic are filled with effects than you’ve never seen before…guaranteed.

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Skylighter Sweepstakes Rules – Ends Friday, May 3rd

Official Giveaway Rules NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL, AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.  ELIGIBILITY Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”), April 29th, 2013 and ends at 11:59 p.m., ET, Friday, May 3rd, 2013. […]

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Making Black Powder with a Ball Mill

Making Black Powder with a Ball Mill

You can get potassium nitrate for making black powder really cheap, if you can find prilled or hard nitrate. “Prilled” nitrate comes in little spheres, around 1 mm or less in diameter.

Prilled nitrate is too coarse to use as-is in making black powder and other fireworks, but once you grind it up to about 200 mesh, it’s perfect.

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