Question: Can gunpowder spontaneously combust?

Recently there have been several incidents involving fire due to deteriorated or incorrect storage of propellant powder. Decomposition will cause the retardant in the powder to lose its effectiveness and may lead to spontaneous combustion. ...

At what temperature does gunpowder spontaneously combust?

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Does gunpowder combust?

Gunpowder is a powder mixture of very combustible (burnable) chemicals, namely sulfur, charcoal, and potassium nitrate. Since gunpowder comes in a fine powder, a lot of it is quickly burned, resulting in a lot of hot gas and heat being released at once.

Does shooting gunpowder ignite it?

Yes. Bullets dont need air to fire. When the gunpowder in the cartridge ignites and explodes, it creates a lot of hot gas which expels the bullet out of the gun.

At what temp do bullets explode?

A bullet will melt if it is exposed to a thousand degrees fahrenheit. The primer will pop when a loaded cartridge is exposed to a few hundred degrees.

Would a gun fire in space without oxygen?

Fires cant burn in the oxygen-free vacuum of space, but guns can shoot. Modern ammunition contains its own oxidizer, a chemical that will trigger the explosion of gunpowder, and thus the firing of a bullet, wherever you are in the universe. No atmospheric oxygen required.

Will a gun fire underwater?

Modern ammunition is watertight and you may still fire them outdoors during heavy rain or high-humidity season. However, if submerged underwater for too long, its likely that water will get into the casing and render the powder too wet to ignite.

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