Gunpowder may be readily detonated (or lit) with just a slight spark, according to "common understanding." The concept is not necessarily correct, as some powder substances are more sensitive to sparks than others. However, it does appear to be true for common black powder used in firearms.
How does gunpowder explode? When ignited, the flame heats the surface of the powder above its ignition point. This heat causes an explosion when enough pressure is built up within the chamber. An explosion is a violent release of energy that can throw bullets at high speeds from a firearm.
Gunpowder is the main ingredient in smokeless powder. It also plays a role in flash powder and dynamite.
In fact, gunpowder has many applications beyond fire arms. It is used as an explosive, in fireworks, and in abrasives. It can also be used to fill small holes in concrete structures before adding steel bars to make them stronger.
People have been making gunpowder for thousands of years. It was first invented by Chinese scientists about 600 A.D., but it wasn't until much later that people started using it to shoot objects down with guns. In 1776, Benjamin Franklin published the recipe for making gunpowder right here in America.
Gunpowder is a low explosive that deflagrates rather than detonates (burns quickly). When mixed with oxygen and an ignition source such as gunpowder, hydrocarbons will burn rapidly. Without an oxidizer, as in an airtight container, the fuel will not burn properly.
The chemical reaction that occurs when gunpowder is detonated is called pyrolysis. The term means "the production of smoke or flame from any substance in a burning state". Gunpowder consists of carbon, salt, and powder made up of small particles of metal oxide (usually lead oxide) and sulphur. When ignited, these components react to produce heat and gaseous products that include carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. The main product is carbon dioxide, but some sulfur-containing gases are also produced.
Carbon dioxide is what makes your breath smell after you have been running or playing sports activities. The sulfur-containing gases are responsible for the odor of burned gunpowder.
You should never use a firecracker, cherry bomb, or other type of explosive near you or your home because they can cause serious injury or death. If you do decide to play with firecrackers, be sure to follow the instructions that come with them.
Because gunpowder is a fine powder, a large amount of it is quickly burnt, resulting in a large amount of hot gas and heat being emitted all at once. All of this energy pushes the gunpowder outward, igniting more of it and generating the visible explosion.
Gunpowder becomes less stable as it heats up, so more of it needs to be lit to generate an explosion. This means that there's a limit to how hot you can make it before it becomes too dangerous to handle.
When gunpowder is heated to the point where it starts to smoke, it's called "ignition temperature". At higher temperatures, it burns faster and produces more intense sparks. But even when it's very hot, not yet burning, it remains unstable and can be further ignited by a spark from static electricity or another source of ignition.
In conclusion, when gunpowder gets hot, it explodes.