Write the fireworks explosion as a word equation. Include the names of all reactants and products.Many firework devices consist of a cylinder containing gunpowder. When the gunpowder is ignited...

Write the fireworks explosion as a word equation. Include the names of all reactants and products.

Many firework devices consist of a cylinder containing gunpowder. When the gunpowder is ignited with a fuse, it explodes like a miniature bomb. The gunpowder consists of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur. These three chemicals react with each other to produce gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen monoxide. Write the fireworks explosion as a word equation. Include the names of all reactants and products

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Potassium nitrate will be reduced into nitrite.

Pottasium nitrate -----> Potassium nitrite + oxygen

`KNO_3 --------gt KNO_2 + 1/2O_2`

Charcoal and sulfur will be oxidized into respective gases.

Charcoal + Oxygen -------> Carbon dioxide

`C + O_2 ------------gt CO_2`

But if there is no sufficient oxygen it will form carbon monoxide also

Charcoal + Oxygen -------> Carbon dioxide + Carbon monoxide

`2C + 3/2O_2 -----gt CO_2 + CO`

 

Sulfur will be oxidized into sulfur dioxide.

`S + O_2 ----------------gt SO_2`

 

 

 

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