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  • Homemade rocket with rocket fuel and engine

    The big difference between strike anywhere and "safety" matches is that safety matches have the phosphorus only in the striking surface, while strike anywhere have it in the white tip of the head. The striker isn't "engulfed in flames" because the phosphorus is too thinly distributed to sustain combustion (fire triangle -- you must have fuel, oxidizer *and heat*), but in combination with the chlorate in the match head, it can start the match head mix burning.

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