How to Make a Non-Toxic Smoke Bomb

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Building a smoke-emitting bomb is a fairly simple exercise in chemistry. The most common variety of smoke bomb uses potassium nitrate (KNO3) and sugar; both are non-toxic, though ingesting KNO3 in large amounts has been linked to cancer. KNO3 is sold at hardware stores as stump remover and can also be obtained as a fertilizer. Smoke bombs are great for fireworks, paintball and war reenactments.

Smoke bombs can be an interesting addition to fireworks.
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Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Electric hot plate
  • Potassium nitrate
  • Sugar
  • Scale
  • Lidded cup
  • Cardboard tube
  • Fuse
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
Step 1

Combine a mixture of 60 percent KNO3 and 40 percent sugar in a cup, add the lid, and shake the two together to form a homogeneous mixture. The mixture should not exceed 100 grams.

Common table sugar is a primary ingredient in this smoke bomb recipe.
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Step 2

Pour the mixture into the saucepan and set the plate to a medium-high temperature; stir the chemicals consistently and scrape any material on the bottom.

Use a hot plate outside while cooking the mixture; if it's overcooked, it can ignite.
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Step 3

Heat the mixture until it has the consistency of peanut butter and remove the pan from the plate.

It might look like peanut butter, but don't eat it.
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Step 4

Scrape the mixture out and fill the cardboard tube. Several batches will be necessary to fill the tube completely. About 3/4 of the way through the tube, set a fuse inside and apply the material around it. The mixture hardens after about five minutes, so be prepared to insert the fuse quickly. Once the tube is filled, the smoke bomb is ready.

Smoke bombs in the making.
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