Electric Matches & Squibs

K.L. and B.J. Kosanke

The terms electric match and squib are often used interchangeably in the fireworks industry. However, there are at least two good reasons not to do this, one technical and one legal. Technically, these are two different items both in terms of form and function. Legally, although both are Class C explosives (Explosives, 1.4g), squibs are on the BATF Explosive Materials List, which invokes all the regulatory requirements normally reserved for Display Fireworks, Blasting Caps and Dynamite.

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 3, (1993-1994), pp 43-45

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