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 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]

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