Children and adults of all ages love watching black snake fireworks grow as the chemicals slowly burn producing a really neat effect. In this guide we’ll outline exactly how to make black snake fireworks at home.
How to make black snake fireworks:
1Mix powdered sugar or ammonium nitrate and baking soda together.
2Make a mound with some sand. Push down the middle and form a depression.
3Pour fuel (alcohol or lighter fluid of sorts) into the sand and wet the area.
4Pour the sugar and baking soda mixture into the middle of the wet sand.
5Ignite the mound using a match or lighter.
You’ll see a flame and after a short time the chemicals will react to form a black substance that shoots up like a snake! If you are working with children, use the sugar otherwise use Ammonium Nitrate to add a more professional effect. You can make homemade fireworks in no time!
How do black snake fireworks actually work ?
The sugar and baking soda snake proceeds according to the following chemical reactions, where sodium bicarbonate breaks down into sodium carbonate, water vapor, and carbon dioxide gas while burning the sugar in oxygen produces water vapor and carbon dioxide gas. The snake is carbonate with black carbon particles.
(Explanation from this article)