Potassium - Elements in Fireworks

Function of Potassium in Fireworks and Pyrotechnics

Potassium compounds are used as oxidizers in fireworks. They also contribute a purple color to burning mixtures.
Potassium compounds are used as oxidizers in fireworks. They also contribute a purple color to burning mixtures. Richard Cummins, Getty Images

Potassium Firework Facts

Symbol: K

Name: Potassium

Use: Potassium helps to oxidize firework mixtures. Potassium nitrate, potassium chlorate, and potassium perchlorate are all important oxidizers.

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