Potassium Permanganate

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Potassium permanganate is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula KMnO4 and is not commonly used in pyrotechnics.


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Potassium permanganate is not commonly used in pyrotechnics. Compositions based on permanganates are more sensitive than those based on nitrates and other common oxidizers. It should not be mixed with sulfur. Additionally, it does stain everything it comes in contact with. While it is not incompatible with sulfur in the same way that Chlorates are, it is incompatible with many common organic chemicals, and contamination from such ordinary substances as paper, food or soil could cause extreme sensitivity, especially in the presence of water or high humidity. Though it may be relatively unstable, if used properly, it can be a very useful oxidizer.

Potassium permanganate powder dropped in water will give it a violet color. If left to evaporate, turns into crystals.  Potassium perchlorate or chlorate is much cleaner, safer and easier to handle and are better alternatives for pyrotechnic use

Potassium permanganate is toxic, and breathing protection should be worn when handling fine powder. Also, gloves and protective clothing should be worn due to their staining ability. It is also friction sensitive, so extreme care should be taken when mixing it. Do not grind or mill it. When potassium permanganate is mixed with organic materials it may spontaneously ignite. Accidental introduction of this substance into Sulfuric acid results in the formation of ozone and extremely unstable Manganese(VII)oxide which violently reacts with most organic substances including many common plastics, paper, wood, and dry skin. It also is explosive by itself.


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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 2 in


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