2nd October 2019

livestrong
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Is saltpeter poison?

While potassium nitrate itself is not combustible, it is considered to be a strong oxidizer, meaning that it releases oxygen when it breaks down, or decomposes. Potassium nitrate also gives off toxic fumes when in a fire. Fire safety precautions include storing saltpeter away from combustibles.

Is potassium nitrate harmful to humans?

/SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS/ Nitrate salts, eg, potassium nitrate, as such are no more toxic than other neutral salts, but if not promptly absorbed they may be reduced to nitrites by bacteria in bowel. Cyanosis among infants who drink well water is a frequently encountered clinical manifestation of nitrate toxicity.

What is saltpeter made out of?

Potassium nitrate is one of several nitrogen-containing compounds collectively referred to as saltpeter or saltpetre. Major uses of potassium nitrate are in fertilizers, tree stump removal, rocket propellants and fireworks.