An oxidizer or oxidizing agent is a chemical compound that readily transfers oxygen atoms or accepts electrons from other compounds.

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An oxidizing agent does not need to have oxygen, but by defintion must take electrons from another chemical (the "reducer" or "fuel"). In Pyrotechnics we are interested in oxidation as a thermic reaction. Thermic reactions are chemical reactions which have transfers in heat enrgy: either exothermic (producing heat) or endothermic (absorbing heat).  

The most common oxidizers used in pyrotechnics are, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Chlorate, and Potassium PerChlorate.   

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