Smoke grenades have been used for centuries by various militaries around the world for both providing temporary concealment and for signalling. Before the modern, wire-pull or pin release canisters, armies used devices wrapped in paper and ignited with a torch or sparks. They used clay pots and other containers to create smoke screens to blind the enemy and hide their movement.

The original smoke bombs or smoke screens were white or gray. Today, there are a variety of colors available to the prepared and well-equipped unit. White might be the most common color but, yellow, red, blue, green and even violet are often used in the field.

Smoke Grenade 1

Enhanced professional photography with colored smoke. (Courtesy: Shutter Bombs)

Everyday Uses For Smoke Grenades.

GET OUR FREE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

So, you say you are not in the Army and don’t need to screen troop movements or create temporary cover. That’s fine. You may still have some use for a smoke grenade. Let’s take a look at a few common or everyday uses for colored smoke.

Photography/Videography Effects

The first use, that is most common, is photography and videography. Professionals and amateurs who desire to make their video productions or photographs stand out have been using colored smoke in single colors and mixed colors to good effect. The proper use of smoke in photos and videos provides strong contrast and depth to otherwise flat images.

Celebrations and Events

Modern smoke bombs or grenades do not produce the fire hazard that traditional Chinese fireworks do. Therefore, they are often a better option when celebrating a special occasion or marking an event. You are a grown up, I don’t need to tell you when to use color smoke grenades. However, in a situation where highly flammable fireworks would be a “no-no”, smoke might be a good option for you.

Paul Shutter Bombs

Author testing our a standard red smoke grenade from Shutter Bombs

Smoke Grenades and Emergency/Rescue Signalling

Nearly every summer, as if on cue, we start getting stories about lost hikers and backpackers. Some of the stories are scary, mother and daughter lost in the woods for four days found alive, hungry and dehydrated.

Other stories are more tragic, such as the most recent news story about a woman who went for a one day hike but went missing. Her body was recovered a week later. This was likely a needless tragedy.

People get lost backpacking and hiking every year. When that occurs, emergency services personnel will be looking for them. However, there are often thousands of acres of area to search and thick trees and vegetation make it difficult for people in airplanes and helicopters to spot someone as relatively small as a human in the forest.

The use of colored smoke can make the rescue team’s job infinitely easier. Keeping in mind, you want to use smoke that will stand out amongst green trees and foliage. Red, yellow, orange or violent are good choices. No rescue pilot is going to ignore bright red or orange smoke coming out of the forest.

Shutter Bomb Smoke Grenade

Wire-pull smoke grenades come in several styles from Shutter Bombs.

Shutter Bombs Colored Smoke Grenades

I recently discovered Shutter Bombs, a company that sells a variety of brightly colored smoke in various sizes and configurations. Shutter Bomb smoke grenades are pull-wire activated so you don’t need matches. The bodies are plastic covered cardboard so they are not at all heavy to carry. Also, they are a ‘cool’ smoke and they generate very little heat. This makes them a low fire hazard.

The best thing about the company is that their products are available to the average citizen, photographer, backpacker or hiker. Their prices are also very reasonable for what you are getting. Individual units will set you back between $12 and $20 depending on which size you choose. I have used their products and been impressed by the value for the cost and their spot on customer service.

If I were setting up a hiking pack, I would definitely put a couple of their Original WP40 smoke grenades in red, orange, or purple in a zip-lock bag in there. The cost of a couple of smoke grenades will be less than $25 and they will weigh less than a pound. That’s some pretty inexpensive insurance if you asked me.

The following two tabs change content below.
Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

Latest posts by Professor Paul Markel (see all)

backlinkbacklink alwso shellseoankara escortucuz sigarafree shopcamel sigaracaptain blackdjarum blackCavallo SigaraDunhill SigaraHarvest SigaraMarvel sigaraSenator sigaraAl Capone SigaraOme SigaraMarlboro Double FusionMarlboro ShuffleMarlboro TouchMarlboro RedMarlboro TouchMarlboro Edge SlimMarlboro Touch Bluecaptain blackgörükle escortyalova escorthacklink satışhacklinksite analizseo analizhacklink alhacklink nedirbacklinkmini shellmadspot shellwso shell txtBase 64 Encodealfa shellIndoxploit shellindoxploit shellb374k shellphp Mailleradana escortadana escortsohbet numaralarıcialis fiyatcialis 20 mgcialis 5 mgcialis 100 mgcialis satışcialis jelcialis siparişcialiscialis nedirviagra fiyatviagra 100 mg fiyatviagraviagra fiyatviagra nedircialis fiyatıcialis jelcialiscialis 5 mgcialis 20 mgcialis 100mggeciktirici spreygeciktiricistag 9000liftanovagravigrandeorcafilflynta 20 mgcombo 100 mgsildegravigrandejeligrasinegralifta 5 mglifta 20 mgdegraviagra 100 mgviagra fiyatıviagra nedirviagra siparişcinsel hastalıklarcialis jelcialis 20 mg eczane fiyatıcialis 5 mg 28 tablet fiyatcialis 100 mgcialis 20 mgcialis satışkamagra jel fiyatkamagra nedirkamagrakamagra hapkamagra jelankara escortmersin escortizmir escortantalya escortadana escortBursa Escortdenizli escortdiyarbakır escorteskişehir escortgaziantep escortistanbul escortkayseri escortkocaeli escortkonya escortkütahya escortmalatya escortsakarya escortsamsun escortsivas escorttekirdağ escorttrabzon escorturfa escortvan escortbodrum escortmarmaris escortfethiye escortkuşadası escortçeşme escortdidim escortbuca escortbornova escortkarşıyaka escortkonak escortalsancak escortaliağa escortgöztepe escortgaziemir escortkarabağlar escortesenyurt escortbeşiktaş escorttuzla escortfatih escortpendik escortbeylikdüzü escortgaziosmanpaşa escortkartal escortbağcılar escortsilivri escortümraniye escortmaltepe escortbeyoğlu escortbahçelievler escortbaşakşehir escortbahçeşehir escortesenler escortüsküdar escortkadıköy escortşişli escortmecidiyeköy escortsarıyer escorttaksim escortetiler escortbebek escortataşehir escortbakırköy escortzeytinburnu escorteyüp escortavcılar escortbüyükçekmece escortkurtköy escortşirinevler escortbayrampaşa escortkasımpaşa escortescortbacklink salesFile Manager shellb374k shellk2ll33d shellBypass shellMadspot shellbedava bonus1xbet girişdert hattıdert hattısohbet hattımersin escortgaziantep escortbedava bonusgaziantep escortGoogle Sıra Bulucupubg hile alSobranie Sigaracaptain blackdjarum blackmarlboro double fusionmarlboro touch blueCavallo Sync MentollüParliament Night Bluewinston dark bluewinston slender bluekent switchkent d range bluecaptain blackmarmaris escortmarvel sigarawinston dark blue fiyatwinston slender bluemarlboro touchparliament night blue fiyatcaptain blackmarlboro double fusionolmeca tekila fiyatdjarum blackheets sigaraparliament reservemonte cristo habanacamel sigarakent switch fiyatlucky strikefree shopmarlboro touch blue fiyatmarlboro double fusionmarlboro goldharvest sigarar57 shellalfa shellcaptain blackmarvel sigarawinston dark bluemarlboro touch blueparliament night blue fiyatcavallo sigaramarlboro double fusionlm sigaraadana escortparliament night blue fiyatafyon escortaydın escortbalıkesir escortbolu escortçanakkale escortedirne escortelazığ escorterzurum escorthatay escortısparta escortmanisa escortmaraş escortmardin escortmuğla escortmuş escortrize escorttunceli escortuşak escortyozgat escorttokat escortzonguldak escortaksaray escortyalova escortağrı escortamasya escortalanya escortmanavgat escortankara escortantalya escortbursa escortdenizli escortdiyarbakır escorteskişehir escortgaziantep escortistanbul escortizmir escortkayseri escortkocaeli escortkonya escortkütahya escortmalatya escortmersin escortsakarya escortsamsun escortsivas escorttekirdağ escorttrabzon escorturfa escortvan escortmarmaris escortbodrum escortfethiye escortkuşadası escortçeşme escortdidim escortbuca escortbornova escortkarşıyaka escortkonak escortalsancak escortaliağa escortgaziemir escortkarabağlar escortesenyurt escortbeşiktaş escorttuzla escortfatih escortpendik escortbeylikdüzü escortgaziosmanpaşa escortkartal escortbağcılar escortsilivri escortümraniye escortmaltepe escortbeyoğlu escortbahçelievler escortbaşakşehir escortbahçeşehir escortesenler escortüsküdar escortkadıköy escortşişli escortmecidiyeköy escortsarıyer escorttaksim escortetiler escortbebek escortataşehir escortbakırköy escortzeytinburnu escorteyüp escortavcılar escortbüyükçekmece escortkurtköy escortşirinevler escortbayrampaşa escorthalkalı escortafyon escortaydın escortbalıkesir escortbolu escortçanakkale escortedirne escortelazığ escorterzurum escorthatay escortısparta escortmanisa escortmaraş escortmardin escortmuğla escortmuş escortrize escorttunceli escortuşak escortyozgat escorttokat escortzonguldak escortaksaray escortyalova escortağrı escortamasya escortalanya escortmanavgat escortsincan escortwso shellwso green shellredwin girişsupertotobet girişyalova escortşişli bayan escortşişli escortistanbul escortgörükle escortistanbul escortmecidiyeköy escortşişli escortkurtköy escortsosyal ablagaziantep escortlarısohbet hattısohbet hatlarısohbet numaralarıkent d range blueMelbetpendik escortcamel sigaraparliament night blue fiyatvotka fiyatlarımarlboro double fusionviagra fiyatcaptain blackçam balı faydalarıçam balı nedirtuzla escortaydınlı escortorhanlı escorttepeoren escortyalova escortbursa escortgorukle escortbursa escort bayanbursa sinirsiz escortbursa escortescort bayanaltiparmak escortnilüfer escortotele gelen escortbursa merkez escortbursa merkez escortbursa escortescort bayanaltiparmak escortbursa eve gelen escortbursa otele gelen escortbursa sınırsız escortgörükle escortescort bursatuzla escorttuzla escort bayanwhmcs killer v4bodrum escortbodrum escortbodrum escortbayrampaşa escortbeşiktaş escortçağlayan escorttaksim escortbakırköy escortistanbul escortgüngören escortkasımpaşa escortkaynarca escortesenyurt escortistanbul escortacıbadem escortadalar escortadapazarı escortalibeyköy escortaltınşehir escortanadoluhisarı escortanal escortarnavutköy escortatakent escortbahariye escortbahçeköy escortbahçelievler escortbalmumcu escortbaşakşehir escortantalya escort bayanbebek escortbebek escortataşehir escortbeyazıt escortbeykoy escortbeyoğlu escortbomonti escortbüyükdere escortcaddebostan escortçamlıca escortçapa escortcavusbaşı escortcebeci escortçengelköy escortcevizlibağ escortçiftehavuzlar escortcihangir escortçubuklu escortdikilitaş escortdragos escortdudullu escortedirnekapı escortkurtköy escorteminönü escortescort lazımankara escortkemerburgaz escortatalar escortömerli escorttopkapı escortzeytinburnu escortavcılar escorterenköy escortgebze escorthalkalı escortşişli escorteve gelen escorteyüp escortfenerbahçe escortfeneryolu escortfikirtepe escortfındıklı escortfındıkzade escortflorya escortfulya escortgalata escortgaziosmanpaşa escortgrup escortgulhane escortgulsuyu escortharbiye escortharem escortharem escorthasanpaşa escortincirli escortıspartakule escortistanbul masajistanbul escortistanbul escortkabataş escortdjarum blackolimpbet kzmarlboro double fusionlifta 20 mglifta 5 mgdegraorcafilviagra hapviagra siparişviagra fiyatıviagra satışviagraeczacıbaşı viagra fiyatlarıviagra siparişviagra fiyatıdjarum blackyalova escortçınarcık escortsertleştirici hap çeşitlerisertleştirici hap yorumlarıcinsel hap çeşitlerieczanede satılan cinsel güç ilaçlarısertleştirici hap isimlericinsel hap isimlericinsel gücü artıran ilaçlarpenis sertleştirici hap çeşitlericinsel güç artırıcı ilaç isimleriereksiyon hapı isimlerisertleştirici ilaç isimlerişişme bebek çeşitlericinsel güç arttırıcı hap isimlerieczanede satılan cinsel ilaç isimlerien iyi performans arttırıcı ilaç isimleripenis serleştirici haplarerkeklerde cinsel gücü artıran ilaç isimleribayan istek arttırıcı damla çeşitleribayan azdırıcı hap çeşitlericinsel güç arttırıcı hap çeşitleridjarum blacksertleştirici hap markalarıpenis sertleştirici ilaç çeşitlerisertleşmeye en iyi ilaçcinsel ilaç isimlerierkek cinsel gücü arttırıcı ilaç çeşitlericaptain blackcinsel gücü artıran ilaç fiyatlarıcinsel güç arttırıcı ilaç yorumlarıeczanede satılan cinsel gücü arttıran ilaç isimleriereksiyon sağlayıcı ilaç çeşitlericinsel güç arttırıcı ilaçcinsel gücü arttıran ilaç markalarıen iyi geciktirici hap isimlerien iyi geciktirici sprey çeşitlerimarlboro double fusioncamel sigaracinsel gücü artıran ilaç incelemeleridjarum blacksertleşmeye iyi gelen ilaç isimlerimarlboro goldeczanede satılan viagrawinston lightwinston dark bluecialis resmi satış sitesiMarlboro Touch Graycinsel güç arttırıcı macunvega 100 mg hapcaptain black bluenovagra geciktirici hapçin topu siparişolmeca tekilaeczane cialis fiyatıBackwoods Islak Purocialis satın alerkek azdırıcı damlaviagra kremi satın alviagra satış fiyatıerkek azdırıcı hap isimleriwinston dark blue fiyatiçmeler escorttepeören escortaydınlı escortorhanlı escortyalova escortfree shopsex hikayependik escortyalova escortgörükle escortçınarcık escortkartal escorttuzla escortpendik escortmaltepe escortbostancı escortataşehir escortdjarum blackabana haberagrı habertunceli haberafyon haberescortescortescortescortescortescortescortescortescorthttps://www.festivaldecraponne.com/kartal escortyapay kızlık zarışişli escortşişli escort bayankurtkoy escorttuzla escortsoundtracker.fmsoundtracker.fmsoundtracker.fmsoundtracker.fmsoundtracker.fm/bnsoundtracker.fm/en/mecidiyeköy escortEn İyi Geciktirici Hap İsimleri ve ÇeşitleriCinsel Gücü Artıran Macun İsimlerikent slim blackchivas regalyeşil perişişli bayan escortsisli bayan escortşişli bayan escortsisli bayan escortsincan eescortKolej escortDikmen escortBalgat escortÇankaya escortCebeci escortDemetevler escortKızılay escortKeçiören escortEtlik escortEtimesgut escortEryaman escortYenimahalle escortOtele gelen escortRus escortankara rus escortAnkara escortEtlik escortKeçiören escortAnkara escortAnkara escortSincan escortEryaman escortAnkara escortÇankaya escortkartal escortmersin escortbedava bonus veren bahis siteleriBalgat escortBeşevler escortÇankaya escortCebeci escortDikmen escortDemetevler escortEryaman escortEtimesgut escortEtlik escortKeçiören escortKızılay escortKolej escortMaltepe escortOtele gelen escortRus escortYenimahalle escortDikmen escortElvankent escortSincan escort