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How to Make a Smoke Bomb

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How to Use a Smoke Bomb
It's easy to make your own smoke bomb using potassium nitrate and sugar.

It's easy to make your own smoke bomb using potassium nitrate and sugar.

Anne Helmenstine
The solid smoke bomb material is flammable and can be lit directly. You can light your smoke bomb using a lighter, preferably one of the long-handled types used for barbeque grills. Only light your smoke bomb in a well-ventilated area, on a surface that won't catch fire. The smoke bomb will burn vigorously (more slowly with a higher percentage of sugar) with a purple flame.

Alternatively, you could place a short length of fuse into the smoke bomb when you pour it, and then light the fuse.

I have a smoke bomb video which shows this tutorial in action, plus what you can expect when you light the smoke bomb. You can adapt the smoke bomb recipe to make a homemade fountain firework, plus there are additional recipes for smoke bombs...

 

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