The Chayei Adam writes that he's seen people burn "pulver" ["poolver"?] on Simchas Torah, and such a practice is totally halachically wrong and should be stopped. They may, however, leave a tube of pulver next to a candle so it will ignite automatically.

What is this pulver, and why are people burning it? (Does he mean something like ... gunpowder, to make a big, "fun", bang sound?)

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    Where did you see this in Chayei Adam? It sounds like short for "pulverized"? Oct 23, 2016 at 9:23
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    Polvere in Italian is powder. Perhaps a kind of gunpowder.
    – kouty
    Oct 23, 2016 at 12:12
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    Shalom it would be really helpful if you include where he wrote this. It's actually even surprising that you didn't think to do so already.
    – Double AA
    Oct 23, 2016 at 14:31

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See here that פּולווער is gunpowder and here and here that it was common in some communities to light firecrackers on Simchat Torah.

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