When ignited Pyrocollodion will burn and explode quickly with excessive heat output compared to the existing gunpoweders of the time. Pyrocollodion was a reasonable choice or option at the time for military munitions use.
If ignited in a tight contained space, Pyrocollodion will leave little to no remnants, such as unburned powder, particular kinds of flame scarring, or smoke of any kind.
Pyrocollodion is a variant of nitrocellulose family of compunds.
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