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Darkblade is right. It is silver fulminate. These in fact are normal small pieces of stone (gravel), which are covered by a VERY tiny layer of silver fulminate. The pure compounds is exceedingly sensitive and even only 100 mg of the pure compounds gives a very loud boom.

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This is not some random pyro question I always wanted to know this. What is in snaps or drop poppers those little rocks wrapped up in paper that pop when you throw them against a hard surface, what makes them pop?

I always thought that the active ingredient in poppers was a minute amount of nitrogen triodide

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