Introduction: Lighter Rocket

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This is a very simple project that will cause a lighter to either explode or shoot somewhere. All that is required for this project is a cheap plastic 50 cents lighter with an adjustable gas height switch.

Sorry I don't have pictures of me doing this. As you can tell from my other instructables, I don't like to post things that I don't have proof of doing myself, so you'd know that all my things are "Billy tested, mother approved". Its just that being in a dorm now, they are a lot more strict then at home, and they probably would not approve of setting fires in front of the building. Not only that, but the 911 call center for all of NYC is the next building over, and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't approve, they don't even allow people on the sidewalk in front of that building. So I guess the best thing that I can give you is my word that Ive done this project many times, its fun, and actually relatively safe compared to the other things I've posted.

Step 1: Prepare the Lighter

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Remove the metal cover for the lighter. Underneath it should be the flame adjust switch, it is a plastic ring around a plastic piece screwed into the top of the lighter. Unscrew the plastic valve until you hear gas leaking out of it, without having to hold down the button. Make sure the gas leaking out is just a trickle, otherwise the lighter will loose too much gas for anything to happen. Spark the lighter once, it should ignite the gas leaking from the valve, and instantly drop the lighter on the ground OUTSIDE. After maybe half a minute, the flame from the leaking gas will melt through the plastic on the side of the lighter. The gas from the chamber will then escape out over the flame, ignite, and either cause the lighter to explode or propel it along the ground a few feet.

Step 2: Other More Dangerous Options

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If your feeling more daring then waiting the 30 somewhat seconds for the plastic to melt, there is another choice. You need to open the valve a little more then in the last step, so there is a larger amount of gas escaping. There needs to be more gas escaping so the flame does not go out when you throw it at the ground. Ignite it, and throw the lighter away from you onto hard ground. The impact force will crack the plastic (if you threw it hard enough) allowing all the gas to escape at once and igniting it at the same time. The most common problem is having the flame go out while you throw it, the only solution is to throw it with just enough force to crack the plastic, but not so fast that it extinguishes the flame.

The most important thing to keep in mind is throwing it AWAY from you, meaning don't throw it down at your feet. Ideally you should have it hit the ground 15ft away from you, at that distance it would be almost impossible for anything to ricochet back and hit you. If you want to be super extra safe wear goggles while doing this.

If you are feeling really daring, tape one of the small butane refill cartridges (the ones shown in the photo) to the lighter. Ignite the lighter like in the last step, and throw the entire thing at the ground, making sure you throw it hard enough to crack the plastic butane case. It will give off a large flame and a loud whoosh.


Markdaman9 (author)2013-10-26

I think i may be in love with you ;)

colyo222 (author)2012-11-22

im 15 and lighters are as easy to get as candy... but there actually cheap, just walk in the store and throw one down.

rspwnz (author)2010-03-11

i'm a pyromaniac too!
matches are fun and so is fire =Þ =)

zow566 (author)rspwnz2012-06-17

Does it mean you're crazy if you fire bomb ant hills for fun?

JordanH859 (author)rspwnz2011-12-08

I Agree :D

Everett_McKinley (author)rspwnz2011-05-06

I'm a pyro to but I don't waste lighters.

Tetranitrate (author)2007-01-23

But if the little kids don't burn their eyes then how will they learn not to play with fire?

m-arijn (author)Tetranitrate2007-01-23

if you make a fire on your holiday with your parents, your parents will teach you how to play with fire in a safe way. exploding gasses aren't a safe way to learn to play with fire.

Tetranitrate (author)m-arijn2007-01-23

But this is for people who already know how to play with fire. It should not be attempted unless the former condition is met.

m-arijn (author)Tetranitrate2007-01-25

then you should make that clear in your instructable...

Tetranitrate (author)m-arijn2007-01-25

The individuals who read these types of things on instructables (and anywhere else on the internet) have read disclaimers before, and they know almost all dangerous projects are attempt at your own risk. That being said, I feel that disclaimers in no way affect a person's final decision on whether or not they should try something like this.

liambowen (author)Tetranitrate2007-03-01

Kids that blow themselves up attempting this instrutable (which, by the way, is actually pretty safe compared to similar aerosol-based explosions) deserve everything they get. I did this kind of thing when I was 8 and I still have 10 fingers, 10 toes and 2 eyes and I have never received a burn.

manmelvin (author)liambowen2007-04-16

dude when i was 8 i was still playing with legos and stuff like that. what kind of kid becomes a pyro at 8 years old?

strmrnnr (author)manmelvin2012-05-13

Smart ones.

At 8 I was making fire crackers out of wasted .22 cal shell casings with match heads.

buster27 (author)manmelvin2008-11-07


milamber (author)manmelvin2008-05-26

me i did been playin wid fire since not ten or 8 but 6

drummonkey92 (author)manmelvin2008-01-21

id just like to point out that if a kid is stupid enough to blow themselves up with a lighter darwin says let them die!! do we realy need ppl like that in the gene pool?!

xrz0r (author)m-arijn2007-02-09

lol, if you put something like that in your tital it provokes kids to do it cuz they think it'll be fun...atleast that was me... if i was 10 agine and someone offered me a lighter and pack of fire crackers OR a bottle of bubbles. which would you choose. see my point? kids will be kids and theres nothing you can do about it...if they don't find it here they'll find it else where.

manmelvin (author)m-arijn2007-04-16

dude my parents didnt teach me to "play" with fire. they told me not to touch matches and stuff like that. now they have finaly given in to my pyro ways:)

pyrotecnix (author)manmelvin2007-10-05


Well, don't exaggerate that much but truthfully I agree. The easiest way a kid learns something is by experience. If the kid is denied his pyro urges because the parents think it's a phase, and it is not a phase he will try to do even more dangerous things than what he would have done degree when he was smaller and end up blowing off his or her but most likely his hand off. So if the kid gets hurt when he is little doing little and not so dangerous projects, later he will apply that to riskier situations and with some imagination, hopefully see that the injury he received when he was doing a smaller project could be greatly increased with the risks of the larger project. For example in another situation, a kid is standing next to one of his parents when they are making coffee so he wants to try it and put his hand in the hot coffee. As a result he is badly (but not to badly) burned from the incident. Now I hope you would agree that when that kid is older and is making some mac and cheese and needs to cary the boiling pot of water over to the sink, that he is going to be a hell of a lot more careful than he would have been if he was not burned before. Also, when I say injury I don't mean a missing limb, cause that's what it sounds like I mean like a blister or a first degree burn. I mean like come on i got hundreds of burns when i was little that had nothing to do with fire. No pain no gain. By the way I'm 15 years old and throwing butane canisters into fire, next to fire, or anything closely related to heat is the dumbest thing i have ever heard of, and in no way am i supporting your childish and foolish instructable. Although i do believe that you have the right to post whatever you want and i am not trying to deter you or any others from posting their experiences because truthfully if i was not writing this post i would be doing something far less meaningful.

"...end up blowing off his or her but most likely his hand off." Haha, that made me laugh :)

DarkTrinity (author)Tetranitrate2008-02-11

Im quite amazed that out of all the dangerous instructables I have read, people decided to complain about safety on this one. I quite firmly believe if a kid blows something off doing this, it is nobody elses fault but there own and their parents. No one made them come here, read an article on playing with lighters and then told them to go do it. They came here, most likely searching for something like this. You will not accidently find these things without searching for it, and furthermore the only people to blame are the parents for allowing their child to 1) Read this 2) Buy the lighter 3) Blow it up. Tetranitrate is merely sharing information with the rest of the world and it is YOUR choice whether you want to read it or not. But you have no right to incriminate him for merely providing this information. The internet is evolving, you cannot stop articles like this from being posted, but you can take control of your children. Get real, please. Good on you Tetranitrate, keep it up.

milamber (author)DarkTrinity2008-05-26

well said brother im with u on that one tetranitrate is the best pyro iv seen on this site so fare riveld only by ilikecoolstuff and his fireballs sir and tetranitrate should both be knited into the ordor of the exesiv pyro i dub the sir tetranitrate

bflaws (author)2011-07-02

Last time i played with fire i got 3rd degree burns all up my leg.

ExPlOsIon (author)2007-02-24

i need to make a bomb out of things in my house. any body got suggestions. PS: thanks for the lighter bomb, that will be one less dog humping peoples leg.

zytyxx (author)ExPlOsIon2011-03-22

ANFO: mix ammonium nitrate and alcohol. its really explosive.

Dynamite: Mix nitric acid and glycerin. its gonna become nitroglycerin. Soak paper in that, wrap it up, put it in one of those small plastic water bottles. Poke a hole through the cap, get a string trough it, and set it off. Its fun. :)

Colonel88 (author)ExPlOsIon2009-07-01

Molotov. Take a watch with an alarm and then connect the wires leadung to the beeper to a detonator, instant time bomb. Take a lighter and a can of flammable aeorosol and shoot the aeorosol thru the lighter, not a bomb, but deadly.

Colonel88 (author)Colonel882009-07-01

Not responisble for property dmg.

The Red Button (author)ExPlOsIon2009-06-17

your horrible

sharlston (author)ExPlOsIon2009-05-23

a petrol bomb jus get a milk bottle fill it to the top with petrol then put a rag in the top put cap on light throw then run but these are illegal because these are real bombs please dont use them ps i have no responsibiblit for what you do after reading this comment

acetone (nail polish remover,pure!)
hair bleach frozen and ice crystals filtered out(hydrogen peroxide,65 percent)
battery acid boiled until white fumes appear
ice bath
first pre-cool all chemicals put em in the freezer for a while.
second, measure out 50 ml acid.
third, measure out 50 ml acetone.
fourth,measure 150 ml peroxide.
ADD THEM TOGETHER DROP BY DROP ONLY! I am not responsible if you get blown up because you didn't do it right. oh, and only do this while the container you're using to mix in is in the ice bath.
next, put them in the fridge for 36 hours. at this point, synthesis is complete.
next, you need to filter the mix to get the crystals.
next, neutralize the acetone peroxide(the explosive) with a saturated solution of baking soda in water by pouring it over the AP. then clean the AP with warm water to get all the baking soda out. then squeeze all the water out and place it in a COOL I repeat COOL place to dry. the finished explosive is very friction and flame sensitive. store it underwater in an open container at all times. be careful! a little goes a long long way.

ive done this.... its like a nitro snap with the power of a shotgun

Thundertydus (author)ExPlOsIon2009-04-06

Diesel and fertilizer

frikkie (author)ExPlOsIon2009-01-23

how about taking a can of deodarant spray. 1)make a fuse 2)take the deodarant can and press the button to let some gas out for a while(this is to release a bit of pressure inside the can) 3)SLOWLY PUNCTURE a hole just big enough to insert the fuse.When you punctured a hole some gas will escape.When the fuse is inserted it should stop gas leaking out. 4)now lite the fuse and run to safe distance!Best place would be in a veld on a farm or so. NB!:make sure that the fuse you use is long enough or burns long enough to give you time to run. IM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY MISHAPS OR INJURIES.

howboutitbru (author)ExPlOsIon2007-05-21

fert bomb How to make a fertilizer bomb by Jolly Roger Ingredients: - Newspaper - Fertilizer (the chemical kind, GREEN THUMB or ORCHO) - Cotton - Diesel fuel Make a pouch out of the newspaper and put some fertilizer in it. Then put cotton on top. Soak the cotton with fuel. Then light and run like you have never ran before! This blows up 500 square feet so don't do it in an alley!! -Jolly Roger-

raykholo (author)howboutitbru2008-11-29

i believe the real way to do this is with a metal pipe and involves batteries...

IlluminatedAntichrist is right.

ANFO is an extremly stable explosive requiring a huge force to set it off.
a standard blasting cap may not work. the jolly roger talks a load of shit sometimes.

also you need less diesel than that ANFO

Dosen't it need a blasting cap?

hobo joe (author)ExPlOsIon2008-11-25

hears how to make a cool sparkle bomb:- (do this outside ,or throw it out a window like i did) get 2 lighters -take one apart removing the little piece of flint and the spring. -bend the spring to house the flint. -burn the flint till glowing red. -throw!! its not my falt if u make this and do something stuppid

Bartboy (author)ExPlOsIon2008-08-07

get a cardboard box, about the size of a gamecube, cut flaps off top, make slit in 2 opposite sides, light tiny fire ( maybe just a newspaper and some half chopstick sized sticks) slide flap across, and place 3 or 4 aerosol cans on it and run. BOOM

carpe_noctem (author)ExPlOsIon2007-12-04

go with the classic lean to, the molotov cocktail. Get a galss bottle, fill it with something flammable(gasoline, diesel, isopropynol, lighter fluid, whatever) put a rag in it (deep into, not just plugging it up), light the rag and throw it PS: are you planning to use this on a dog, or any other animal? If so, shame on you.. !

like what types of stuff do you have. I mean i could make many deadly things out of things i am 99.999999999999% positive are in you house or do you only want a "bomb" here are things from house hold items
lighter bomb (duh)
dry ice bomb
(those were all the mildly safer ones)

but be more specific
and it would help to check out these sights:
and the classic

carbon (author)master-of-chaos2007-07-22

Ah, everything2, what we do without you? That, and Wikipedia. Use the wiki for the chemicals, and use everything2 for finding out how to put said chemicals together to create a bomb. :P

u can actually make bombs out of absolutely anything in the house thats made of wood, plastic, metal or long as it is in the form of a can, container, tube or cylinder.

jbriano2 (author)2009-08-03

you actually dont have to even light it i just throw the lighter really hard and it blows up

zytyxx (author)jbriano22011-03-22

seriously? Thats so cool!

zytyxx (author)2011-03-22

I also am a pyromaniac. I had this old lighter, i melted packing peanuts on top of it (its really flammable, you know), and set it on fire. I stood back and watched the show. Its really awesome, actually. The lighter actually flew 2 feet in the air! I got the whole thing on video... heh heh. Don't you love fire?

dungeon runner (author)2010-02-05

Damn, I and thought the "Fireball in the hand" was dangerous. Learned early, never quite mastered it though.

Pyroelectrocutionist (author)2008-08-27

if u twist the white ring until just b4 it hisses it makes a bigass flame

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