Introduction: Cheap But Loud Firecracker

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Well this is my first instructable so please don't be to harsh on me.

This has to do with fire and fire = burn so be careful.

I am not responsible for any harm these things do.

Step 1: Materials

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1) Aluminum foil
2) Scissors
3) A book of matches

Step 2: Putting It All Together

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Cut a 3" by 3' square piece of aluminum foil and leave it aside for now.

Then take your scissors and cut the heads off all the matches.

Place all the matches on the aluminum foil and wrap it tightly keeping all the match heads in a tight pouch.

Step 3: Fireing It.

Bring it outside and place it on concrete.

Then take a large rock. a metal weight, or a sledge hammer. and strike it very hard.


ilovesb (author)2015-09-02

nice :)

Killergunman (author)2009-05-17

u need like 10 books 1 will not work!!

lil_pyro (author)Killergunman2009-05-18

hey try picking out the powder out of caps takes a while get alot rap it in paper light it and run

skipster2 (author)lil_pyro2011-06-20

just get gun powder thats whats in caps and sparklers

HammE (author)skipster22013-08-11

Actually, caps use something called "Armstrong's Mixture", but it used to be black powder if i'm not mistaking
Sparklers i'm not so sure of

conb3 (author)skipster22012-01-13

Completely wrong

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thecrazymagnetman (author)2012-08-16

Can you use regular matches?

bwells2 (author)2011-06-30

This monday is the 4th of July!

patywackmp5 (author)2010-12-20

cool but dangerous

Eviil~~PikmiN__{7} (author)2010-09-25

pretty cool

boombam (author)2007-12-26

if you don't want to get up close and personal, you could try to shoot it with a bb gun

lasermaster3531 (author)boombam2008-01-22

to make them go off easier,try using "strike anywhere" matches: 3-5 of these make BIG boom!

get enough of them to fill a tennis ball and throw it at the ground. baboom!!!!

doubtful. you would need to be about as strong as the Hulk to throw it hard enough.

no.... actually, a lot of people do it. I've heard of it happening from several different people.

karossii (author)codongolev2010-04-22

I used to do this as a teenager, a couple decades ago.

First I would soak the tennis ball in a lighter fluid bath overnight, and then let it dry. This both stiffens the ball and makes it more flammable... both a benefit to the 'experiment'.
Then, cut a small slit on one of the grooves, about 1/4" long, and start stuffing the strike-anywhere match heads in until it is about 3/4 full. Definitely more than half is needed; but you also don't want too many in there either.
Finally, throw the ball straight up as hard as you can, and run while gravity takes its toll. when it impacts the ground, there's a nice small explosion... of course you have much less control over its target this way; if you are strong enough you can throw it at a wall or other solid object...

Thundertydus (author)boombam2009-06-26

Or use a lighter

don't use a lighter! this is made out of matches. if you light it with a match or a lighter it will go "ffffffffttt" and that's it. if you hit it with a hmmer or a sledge hammer, the friction from the impact will make it explode or detonate.

Elitedrow14 (author)boombam2009-06-08

Nice idea, that is if you are a good shot! :)

panzerkiller (author)2009-05-07

i like to take powder from sparklers and put them into film containers with a little bit of cap gun powder this makes cool fire with little pops

Biker_Dude_14 (author)2009-02-20

wow tht is sweet were did you learn tht at? i am going to have to try it sometime

munkeeboy (author)2008-02-19

wow, this is nothing. take match head DUST and fill a pen tube with it. add some 8 shot ring caps and a nail at the end of a pen tube. hit the nail with a hammer, then you might lose you're hearing. see my "egg" on it here:pen bomb

SG1Oniell (author)munkeeboy2008-07-08

first of all your "pen bomb" is actually a miniature "pipe bomb" Pipe bombs are illegal in the US and are highly unstable. My father had to respond to a scene where a guy was building one with match heads and a metal pipe. He was closing the end of the metal pipe and the heat caused it to explode and it blew the guys hand off. Do not make these, they will get you arrested, injured or killed.

munkeeboy (author)SG1Oniell2008-07-09

all right, first off, it wont kill you at this size, all it is is a blackcat firecracker at worst. in fact you'd need a buttload of matchheads to get killed. and, btw who the hell doesn't make these anyways. any lame pyro kid with access to matches makes these. my idea was only to put it into a pen tube for an easy casing. look it up on youtube.

SG1Oniell (author)munkeeboy2008-07-15

I'm just warning you that if it is scaled up it will kill people, that's all I'm doing, and over half the people at my school don't know about it, which is over 1000 teenagers. To answer your question, none of them make it, and the rest don't, they just know about it.

munkeeboy (author)SG1Oniell2008-07-17

i understand what you mean. and to be honest, my school is chock full of baby pyros and stupid kids with not much else going on except for "masculine thing." So, where i live, this is nothing new that people haven't done. you do make a good point.

SG1Oniell (author)munkeeboy2008-07-17

oh, that explains it, hey, check out I run the gaming clans SG1, SGa, SGX and SGC with the help of my generals. If you play any multiplayer games you should join. I'd install you as an officer because a few branches need more of them. Anyway, for more explosives check out tetranitrate here on instructables, he's pretty good.

mitchell931993 (author)SG1Oniell2008-07-29

a pipe bomb is generally made with metal pipe- its why its so deadly. i doubt that a pen would have enough strength to hurt someone. btw a pipe bomb is a bomb- the pen wouldnt hurt no one.

SG1Oniell (author)mitchell9319932008-12-11

of course it could, you don't understand explosives, there are so many things that can go wrong and so many things built into one.

Crakur (author)SG1Oniell2009-01-01

yes, but somthing going wrong doesn't turn a pen filled with match heads into an atomic bomb!

SG1Oniell (author)Crakur2009-01-01

not saying that it did, you'd have to live with a military family who worked during the coldwar against terrorists in Germany to understand it I guess, my dad saw this all the time, kid blew his hand off building a pipe bomb, and pens are nasty if you mess up, plastic has a way of fragmenting into slivers that can get into you eyr, and soft skin, metal pens would contain the blast more but would burst, the result being that you'd have larger chunks flying around.

Crakur (author)SG1Oniell2009-01-01

im not saying that this isnt dangerous, it is,and you can hurt yourself, but what im saying is that, unless your completely stupid with it, it cant seriously hurt you, at this point it is little more than a firecracker.

mitchell931993 (author)SG1Oniell2008-12-30

you need a contained explosion for shrapnel.

SG1Oniell (author)mitchell9319932008-12-31

no, no you don't, your thinking of a directional charge, if the pen has one of those metal clips on it, you've got a problem, if its one of those award pens they give out for like accomplishments at work, those are almost always made of metal and have odd bits to it that could turn into shrapnel, besides, shrapnel is fragments of something that exploded, and if the plastic gets going fast enough, it can cause all sorts of problems. I won't say lethal as the eexplosive in the pen wouldn't be enough to make plastic lethal, unless you inhaled the fumes or

it would if you shoved it where the sun dont shine lol

SG1Oniell (author)imkwl123452008-12-11


SG1Oniell (author)mitchell9319932008-08-04

yes I know but a pen bomb provides the basis for a pipe bomb. If you didn't realize that when you posted then you aren't the sharpest knife in the kitchen.

RandomHero (author)munkeeboy2008-06-28

how bout roll caps, 2 nickels, and tape, oh yeah and a campfire or hard surface

Tombini (author)2008-11-28

This would only work if they where strike anywhere matches, would a fuse work?

google007 (author)2008-10-06

instead of using the wight to detonate it could i put a sparkeler sticking out to light and use as a fuse.

PyroManiac96 (author)2008-09-25

this is a good instructable. make one featuring my favorite readily availabe powder:

meiscool132 (author)2008-07-31

don't you have to use strike anywhere matches?

chickenliver123 (author)2007-06-19

how bout i sticka fuse( chinese visco) in there

no it probably just burn- but im pretty sure therer a better instuctable out here- i saw it once but ccant find it. try it yourself.

kpmwrestler (author)2007-07-14

WOW this is the loudest simple homemade firecracker i have seen. this works great!

silken: "i have tried that before but it will just burn. Not detonate."

I don't know what you're talking about, it worked great for me.

he proberly didnt pack them tight enough. btw is there anyway to detonate it a distance a way from you. so like not at your feet.

silken (author)2008-07-09

glad everyone likes my instructable. I tried using nickels before and ended up with a piece in me finger so this is the safest way to do it and still fun.

hepatitusjay (author)2008-05-06

this is alot like the match rocket, however, Puttin in "strike anywhere matches" whothout the heads, mixed with the powder from caps from cap guns make a REAL impressive bang

TaylorMenard (author)2008-01-25

do you think that it would work if u just threw it up in the air and thenran lol

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