What Causes a Colored Flame?

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When an element is heated, the electrons of each atom become excited and produce energy. Different elements create energy of different wavelengths when they burn. By watching the colors in a flame, you can identify what is being burned. This is useful for diagnosing problems with gas appliances and identifying impurities in the gas supply.

Red

Orange and Yellow

Green

Blue

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