Introduction: Bic Lighter Fireball

This instructable is for all you pyromaniacs out there, like me. It's such an easy way of making a spectacular firework; 6" jets of flaming gas, followed by a heat wave and meter high mushroom fireball! Read on to find out how!
*Watch the video on step 2*

Step 1: Equipment and Preparation

For this 'experiment', you MUST wear goggles or big glasses that cover your whole eye. When the lighter explodes pieces fly everywhere. Don't take the risk - you may be surprised to hear me say this but it's not actually worth going blind for.

Equipment:
- Goggles, glasses, or even a snorkeling mask
- More than one Bic Lighter (you'll want to do it over and over!). The lighter must have a striker, not the ones with a button. Of course, you don't have to use a Bic lighter; any small, plastic strike lighter will do.

Preparation:
All you need to do is pry off the metal flame guard on the top of the lighter. You can do this easily enough with your fingers.

With that done, lets go blow something up!

Step 2: Kaboom!

Now for the fun part!

Light the lighter, and hold it with the flame until it (the black plastic loops holding the striker and valve in place) starts to melt. This takes perhaps 30 seconds, maybe a minute. The metal striker will fling off, and soon after that so will the gas valve (A metal -thing- which is connected to the red button in the picture. When this comes off, so does the button). When this flies off there will be nothing stopping the gas from leaking out, and it will! At this point, place the lighter in a sheltered place (away from wind, and also away from anything (else) flammable) right way up. There is no need to rush as the flame will continue to burn at normal height for at least another 30 seconds.
Make sure your goggles are on and stand back a meter.
A jet of flame bursts out of the side at the top. This is pretty spectacular, especially if there are more than one jets. Take in the view for 30 more seconds and BOOM!
One fireball.

*Note - try souping up your lighter to speed up the process (this is the only way to reliably speed it up)

Step 3: Spread the Word

Now you've enjoyed this immense experiment, tell your friends about it!

Comments

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jmsflln110 (author)2011-12-17

Note: The melting plastic is very hot and may look like its not burning but the bubbling plastic is the give away! Had a friend touch this by accident and well...not good and hurt way more than words!

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MrMadmonkey4 (author)2011-06-05

my mushroom cloud was 6 feet high!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD

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ccrh2008 (author)2009-12-19

either this is very illegal or very dangerous. Still though, this is AWESOME

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LiquidLightning (author)ccrh20082010-12-02

Not illegal. Yes dangerous.

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MteamyMcHotsauce (author)2010-06-30

actually to do it faster just overlock the lighter until the gas ids leaking even without pressing the button and just light it and throw it it will erupt in a ball of flames so throw it away fast. it may not be safe but its better than having to melt it

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MrMadmonkey4 (author)2010-06-06

AWESOME!!!!! :D

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fattyXchopchop (author)2010-05-08

cool

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dungeon runner (author)2010-04-12

Nice trick. A few notes:

The sparker will unhitch shortly after you hear crackling noises. Just an easy way to know when to get ready to put it down.

After 30 or so seconds of burning DO NOT TOUCH THE SPARKER. Even though it has not yet unhitched IT WILL STILL BE EXTREMELY HOT. I am writing this with a burnt thumb >.<.

-Y

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how would you soup up your lighter

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Isoplanet.com (author)2010-02-03

or just through it hard to the ground that explodes the whole thing
get like 10 in a box and throw it super far in da sky and bam

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La duzi (author)2009-02-27

last time i tried this, i got 2nd degree burns on my hands, with gloves on. advice?

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Linx95 (author)La duzi2009-12-08

Wow i feel your pain, i've only just recovered from second and third degree burns on my hands from flash powder

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shawntherobot (author)La duzi2009-09-20

tape down the red button

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absolute zero (author)La duzi2009-03-21

once it sticks, GET THE HELL AWAY

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La duzi (author)2008-02-26

all the gas stations won't sell them to me, so i have to steal them... This sux

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struckbyanarrow (author)La duzi2009-08-02

i got to stores with self check out

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SmAsH! (author)struckbyanarrow2009-11-13

epic idea mate, cheers!

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Interesting idea, props for creativity man.

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the_mad_man (author)Pryo Chain2009-09-23

seconded.

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yalgret (author)struckbyanarrow2009-08-19

Good idea!

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franklinonline (author)La duzi2009-03-29

why whats their reason

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La duzi (author)franklinonline2009-05-12

under 18.

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franklinonline (author)La duzi2009-05-12

it even worst for them they not only didnt get any mony from no sale they also got stolen from

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lol im 14 and I have bought at least 10 lighters from the same shop including a jet lighter and one that is very much akin to a blowtorch

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dude where do you shop at

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Go to target, go to a check out isle, find a five pack of lighters for 3.99, get some gum to avert suspicion, and place the lighters up-side-down on the check out thing with the gum on top, so it averts suspicion even more.

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i dont smoke, i only get lighters for... PYROMANIA!!! Woo Hoo!

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2007-11-26

too bad I can't ddo it with my zippo! How could you waste a lighter?

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Legend (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-02-17

I wouldn't waste a zippo on this even if you could do it. I don't smoke, so lighters' sole purpose in my life is Pyromania. They only cost like 25 cents where I live, anyway.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)Legend2008-02-17

I wouldn't waste a zippo, and I don't smoke either. I just use mine for starting fires, or torches. I'll do this if I find one on the side of the road or something like that.

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Legend (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-07-03

How much do lighters cost where you live?

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shawntherobot (author)Legend2009-09-21

who thats cheap they cost like 2.00 were i live

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LinuxH4x0r (author)Legend2008-07-03

Bic? $2. generic gas lighters $.50 Zippo $8

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baneat (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-05-17

A real zippo for $8!!?? The cheapest here is £15!

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LinuxH4x0r (author)baneat2009-05-17

You just have to know the right people. In stores they are around $20

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the_mad_man (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-05-21

where I am they are upwards of $40 to 100$ AUD. I think I am being ripped off here...

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LinuxH4x0r (author)the_mad_man2009-05-21

Ooof! Thats a lot. Maybe those are the nicer ones. They can get into the 10 thousands.

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the_mad_man (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-05-22

when you say zippo do you mean zippo or did you mean just the cheapo ones?

upwards of $10,000? what is that? a gold and platinum diamond encrusted zippo used by the godfather?

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baneat (author)the_mad_man2009-05-24

I mean the ones made by the real Zippo company.

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the_mad_man (author)baneat2009-05-24

I don't think you can officially get them for less than about $40

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the_mad_man (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-05-25

I stand corrected.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)the_mad_man2009-05-25

You where partially right. In the catalog they are about double that. Most people can't get them for less than that. If I didn't know my friend Micheal (his dad is a jewler who gets stuff from there) I would have thought the same thing.

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the_mad_man (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-05-26

I'll have to get one from there as soon as I can get one of those Visa giftcards.

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the_mad_man (author)the_mad_man2009-08-24

meh. just ended buying one for $60 AUD from the tobacconist.

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I hear ya...total ripp off!

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pyro_fan_ryan (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-08-15

at spencers they r $8 and they dont give a s**t if kids buy them

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bics are .99 cents where i live (just bought a new one today)

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Nexnaught (author)LinuxH4x0r2009-04-05

I live in Toronto. Bic lighter here are all $1.69 CAN. That's very cheap compared to the prices I hear about in the US. In one place, Bic lighters at 7/11 are $5!

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