The Chemistry of Fireworks. Adam Edick. How it’s made . Fireworks are usually made with an oxidizing agent, a reducing agent, color agents, and binders. These are mixed to create fireworks. . Oxidizers .
The first thing in a firework is the oxidizing agent. These produce the Oxygen to burn the mixture. Oxidizers are usually nitrates, chlorates or perchlorates. The common oxidizers are nitrates. These are made up of a metal ion and the nitrate ion. The next Oxidizers are chlorates are also made up of a metal ion and then the chlorate ion. Chlorates give up all of their oxygen, causing a more spectacular reaction. Unfortunately this also makes the chemicals very explosive.