How to Make a Fire Explosion on a Stage

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Knowing how to make a fire explosion on a stage is a valuable skill for theatre personnel. It creates a powerful and stunning effect that audiences will find thrilling, and will spark conversations about the play even after it is over, driving new audiences to purchase tickets. Using flash cotton to create an ash- and smoke-free fire explosion effect is dramatic and showy while also being safe and keeping the costs of production low and allowing for greater profits.

Thin flash cotton with fingertips by pulling gently and steadily until it forms a see-through sheet.

Place the flash cotton on a nonflammable surface. For effects in the air, it can be tossed or dropped once lit.

Light flash cotton with a lighter, torch, or spark gun.

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