How to make flash powder at home

WARNING: This website is for reference only. Do not try this at home. Making fireworks can cause serious injury or even death. You'll most likely need a Federal License to make any sort of pyrotechnic project.

Flash powder is used in pyrotechnics to produce a bright flash without a lot of smoke, it can be very dangerous to work with and is regulated by the government. In this guide we’ll show you how to obtain a license and then safely show you how make flash powder.


How to make flash powder:

1You need to have an ATF license to purchase, make and use flash powder. DO NOT make this illegally, and we actually don’t recommend you make it at all. This guide is just showing the science behind it. It’s very dangerous and you can use black powder in your homemade fireworks.

2Find a clean surface away from heat and open flame. Spray the area with anti-static spray. (Buy Online).

3Combine dry chemicals in a small dish. Only make enough that you’re going to use, we don’t recommend storing this.

4Add compound to a firework or firecracker tube, add a fuse and be careful!

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How does flash powder work ?

Flash powder is a pyrotechnic composition, a mixture of oxidizer and metallic fuel, which burns quickly and if confined produces a loud report. It is widely used in theatrical pyrotechnics and fireworks (namely salutes, e.g., cherry bombs, M-80s, firecrackers, and cap gun shots) and was once used for flashes in photography.
Flash powders even within intended usages often release explosive force of deadly capacity. Nearly all widely used flash-powder mixtures are sensitive to shock, friction and electrostatic-discharge. In certain mixtures it is not uncommon for this sensitivity to spontaneously change over time, or due to change in the environment, or to other unknowable factors in either the original manufacturing, or in real-world storage.
(Quoted from wikipedia here)

Only do try this if you have extensive pyrotechnic knowledge and an appropriate federal license to make and use fireworks.
This guide on learning how to make flash powder is simply meant to be educational for those indenting to legally use it.