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Re: Is there a chemical that can make fire turn white?

Date: Sun Apr 13 10:24:17 2003
Posted By: Eric Maass, Director, semiconductors / communication products
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 1050097259.Ch

Yes, different chemicals turn the flames of a fire into different colors;
this approach is used as a method to identify chemicals - a method called 
flame photometry.  Here is a website that lists some of the flame colors 
associated with various chemicals - you will note that zinc can be used to 
make the flames turn white:
Analysis - Chemistry Flame Tests
This site says that barium sulfate (barite) gives a  small amount of white 

You can see some photographs of various colored flames from that site:

This site has some movies of various colored flames:

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