Safety

Is copper thermite dangerous to use?

Any energetic chemical reaction is potentially dangerous.

Copper thermite, by design, produces an expanding cloud of molten copper droplets when it is ignited.  If you have a body part, such as a hand, nearby when it ignites, you WILL be severely burned.  There is simply no way to make an effective motor ignition aid that doesn't dump a lot of heat energy into its surroundings when lit -- doing so is exactly what makes them effective motor ignition aids!

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