Underwater Fireworks - The Reaction of Acetylene and Chlorine
Chemistry Educational Materials
Applied Chemistry Learning Activities
Create fireworks by conducting a chemical reaction underwater.
- Understand and demonstrate an underwater chemical reaction
- Aligned to NGSS practices
Calcium carbide is placed in a cylinder containing water. A reaction occurs producing acetylene gas bubbles. A plastic tube from a chlorine gas generator is placed in the cylinder. As the bubbles of acetylene and chlorine collide flashes of light are produced.