Ferrocerium firework

Red hot ferrocerium rod gives many sparks

Scientific name: Combustion of ferrocerium

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Safety

Wear eyes protection. The floor covering must be nonflammable. There are many sparks, be careful!

Always follow general safety recommendations. Please note that conducting chemistry experiments you must comply with the relevant legal procedures in your country.

Reaction formula

Ce + O2 → CeO2

2Fe + 3/2 O2 → Fe2O3

Step-by-step instruction

  1. Take a piece of ferrocerium with tweezers.
  2. Heat it with a burner to red-hot.
  3. Abruptly drop it on the floor.

Scientific background

Ferrocerium consists of cerium, iron, lanthanum and some other metals. Cerium has an ignition temperature about 150-180 °C, and it forms sparks. When the red-hot ferrocerium rod smashes, burning particles of metal scatter.

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Published on 18 January 2016

  • Fire
  • Heating with fire
  • Explosion
  • Poisoned gas
  • Organic
  • Electricity
  • Solution
  • Oxidation reduction
  • Color change
  • Precipitate
  • Gassing
  • Catalyst