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Chemical Fire Bottle

This incendiary bottle is self-igniting on target impact.

Materials Required
How Used Common Source

Sulphuric Acid Storage Batteries Motor Vehicles
Material Processing Industrial Plants

Gasoline Motor Fuel Gas Station or
Motor Vehicles

Potassium Chlorate Medicine Drug Stores

Sugar Sweetening Foods Food Store

Glass bottle with stopper (roughly 1 quart size)
Small Bottle or jar with lid.
Rag or absorbant paper (paper towels, newspaper)
String or rubber bands

1. Sulphuric Acid MUST be concentrated. If battery acid or other dilute acid is used, concentrate it
by boiling until dense white fumes are given off. Container used to boil should be of enamel-ware
or oven glass.
CAUTION: Sulphuric Acid will burn skin and destroy clothing. If any is spilled, wash it away with
a large quantity of water. Fumes are also VERY dangerous and should not be inhaled.
2. Remove the acid from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
3. Pour gasoline into the large (1 quart) bottle until it is approximately 1/3 full.
4. Add concentrated sulphuric acid to gasoline slowly until the bottle is filled to within 1" to 2"
from top. Place the stopper on the bottle.
5. Wash the outside of the bottle thoroughly with clear water.
CAUTION: If this is not done, the fire bottle may be dangerous to handle during use!
6. Wrap a clean cloth or several sheets of absorbant paper around the outside of the bottle. Tie with
string or fasten with rubber bands.
7. Dissolve 1/2 cup (100 grams) of potassium chlorate and 1/2 cup (100 grams) of sugar in one cup
(250 cc) of boiling water.
8. Allow the solution to cool, pour into the small bottle and cap tightly. The cooled solution should
be approx. 2/3 crystals and 1/3 liquid. If there is more than this, pour off excess before using.
CAUTION: Store this bottle seperately from the other bottle!

How To Use:
1. Shake the small bottle to mix contents and pour onto the cloth or paper around the large bottle.
Bottle can be used wet or after solution is dried. However, when dry, the sugar-Potassium chlorate
mixture is very sensitive to spark or flame and should be handled accordingly.
2. Throw or launch the bottle. When the bottle breaks against a hard surface (target) the fuel will