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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 1998
This little paperback is an excellent introduction to the making of your own firecrackers. Divided into a dozen or so chapters, each dealing with a different kind of cracker from a particular country or period in time, the descriptions of how to assemble the devices are extremely lucid with simple, well-drawn diagrams. The book only covers firecrackers, though, so if you're looking for a more general introduction to the multitude of different pyrotechnic devices that exist, this probably isn't your best bet. If indeed it's crackers specifically you want to know about, or if you're just starting out with pyrotechny and want to experiment with a few very simple, satisfying fireworks, this is an excellent read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 10 October 2008
I've got to say that this is really pretty poor, the index is poorly laid out and the reading lists not great either, the writing is awful and the whole thing has the impression of a (US) highschool chemistry class gone wrong.

When I got the book I initially thought that perhaps I was being too critical but I shared it with two contacts, one of whom is a pyrotechnician planning and directing displays and another who makes fireworks and they both said that it was written in a convoluted and inaccessible style. A lot of the jargon is window dressing to make the simple exercises here in appear more complex but to the unacquainted reader it will probably make most of the projects plain impossible.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2002
This is an interesting and imformative book, but most of its contents (with the exception of the aerial bomb) are some kind or other of firecracker, and therefor illegal for use by the general public. Also, the materials required (mostly potassium perchlorate/chlorate and aluminium powder are fairly unobtainable by the general public. Even so, a good book to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 1999
This book contains the detail in the composition of the fireworks - fire crackers. The procedures are easy to understand and clear. The book also provides useful information about the improvement of making fireworks. This book is really great for people who are interested in fireworks!!
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on 20 February 1999
this book is a very good referance guide if you are starting or already making firecrackers, it also has some info on making some very interesting compositions.
i would definately reccomend this book
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on 18 April 2013
A very educational book - easy to read. Great to learn about pyrotechnics. Would recommend to others to buy. ok
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on 9 October 2014
Has some useful info, but doesn't really go into detail for a novice and the style of writing is poor
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2012
i found this book very interesting, it explained how to make explosions and what u need for them, it also gives a small section of history for the explosive which i enjoyed to read... but i wish it had have used more advanced chemistry and actual formulas. because it was very brief on how to mix the chemicals. apart from that this book was great and i enjoyed reading it
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