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Sparkler Bomb

Matt sent me this wonderful article from Dan’s Data on how to build a Sparkler Bomb. It is the perfect at home project for anyone looking to blow something up in a dangerous and awesome way.

From the site:

Here you will learn the essentials of making an improvised firework which, while spectacular, is also both as predictable and as safe as something that blasts a mighty shower of sparks 50 feet into the air can reasonably be expected to be. I have made many of these things. I have been quite close to them when they went off. I have never so much as lost any hair, which is more than I can say about the results of some of my other half-baked pyrotechnic experiments.

And here is the description of the event:

Now the standard sparkler bomb ignition sequence will occur:

1. The fuse will burn right down to the level of the sparklers.

2. Some turkey will say “It’s not going to go off!”

3. After a short delay determined by how well you packed the sparklers, it will go off, and a large number of sparklers that would each burn for a couple of minutes will be consumed by the very fires of Hell in about one and a half seconds.

4. One and a half seconds later, the crowd will emit various whoops and whistles.

Happy burning.


    • J-Love
    • Posted February 17, 2006 at 2:22 pm
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    I got reeeeeeeeeally excited until I realized that the huge blue beam was a result of the picture taking and not the explosion. Now I’m just regular excited.

    • E. Fox
    • Posted August 12, 2006 at 10:03 am
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    You really should add that kids are wrapping these bombs with tape or shoving them in pipes and the friction causes them to blow up in thier hands and they DIE

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