Punk (fireworks)

Not to be confused with Joss sticks.
A lighter is shown with the flame at the tip of the punk

A punk is a smoldering stick used for lighting firework fuses.[1] It is safer than a match or a lighter because it can be used from a greater distance and does not use an open flame. They are made of bamboo and a brown coating of dried manure or compressed sawdust.[2] Punks often resemble sticks of incense, and in some countries actual incense sticks are used in a similar fashion. Punks are sold at nearly all firework stands and many stands will include them for free with a purchase.[3]


  1. The Pharmaceutical Era, Volume 52. D. O. Haynes & Company. 1919. p. 313. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. K.L. Kosanke, Barry T. Sturman, Robert M. Winokur & B.J. Kosanke (2012). Encyclopedic Dictionary of Pyrotechnics. Journal of Pyrotechnics. p. 900. ISBN 9781889526218. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. Russell Kostrzak (2008). Reminiscences from the past. R. Kostrzak. Retrieved 6 May 2016.

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