the science and craft of using self-contained and self-sustained exothermic chemical reactions to make heat, light, gas, smoke and/or sound
Items such as safety matches, oxygen candles, explosive bolts and fasteners and the automobile safety airbag all fall under pyrotechnics. Without pyrotechnics, modern aviation and spaceflight would be impracticable.
- Pyrotechnics FAQ
- The Pyrotechnics Guild International
- A guide on pyrotechics Archived 2014-09-16 at the Wayback Machine
- A basic Pyrotechnics Site