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The performance characteristics of charcoal samples of five tropical plants were evaluated for the production of black powder for blasting, sporting and firework purposes. The charcoal produced from each of the tropical plants was used in combination with potassium nitrate and sulphur to produce black powders in the ratio of 2:3:0.5. With the foreign black powder as control, the produced black powders were subjected to ignition/deflagration field tests. The results show that the flame from thedoi:10.4314/just.v26i2.32988 fatcat:f66xrkgdvfhvvi76bdo6u4yjju