Many aspects of detonation phenomena have been well studied over the last century. However, the transient infrared and
visible emissions from detonation fireballs have been poorly understood, and this has hampered attempts to remotely identify
explosives via combustion signatures. Recently, time-resolved infrared spectra (1800-7000 cm-1, 4cm-1 resolution, 8 Hz) were collected from the detonation of uncased charges of TNT and several kinds of improvised explosive devices
in four weight classes (10, 50, 100, and 1000 kg). A simple model for fireball emissions has been developed which accurately
describes the observed spectra in terms of the fireball size, temperature, gaseous byproduct concentrations, and grey
particulate absorption coefficient. The model affords high-fidelity dimensionality reduction and provides physical features
which can be used to distinguish the uncased explosives.