First and foremost among atmospheric fireworks are rockets, made in different sizes, each requiring a slightly different percentage composition. A good formula is

Sulphur............ 1 part

Carbon, wood....... 2 parts

Niter............... 4 parts

Meal powder........ 1 part

Meal powder is a fine black or brown dust, which acts as a diluent.

Roman Candles

Roman candles are somewhat after the same principle. An average formula is:

Sulphur............ 4 parts

Carbon............. 3 parts

Niter............... 8 parts

Pin Wheels

These are also similar in composition to the preceding. The formula for the basis is

Sulphur............ 5 parts

Niter............... 9 parts

Meal powder........ 15 parts

Color as desired.

Bengal Lights

Bengal lights have the disadvantage of being poisonous. A typical preparation can be made according to this formula:

Realgar............ 1 part

Black antimony..... 5 parts

Red lead........... 1 part

Sulphur............ 3 parts

Niter............... 14 parts