Boredom sometimes gets the best of you when you have a bag full of fireworks left over from the 4th of July holiday. My husband and I were about 16 or so when we got bored one day and made a rocket that launches about 200-300 feet in the air. Not too shabby of a distance for two old vegetable cans, water and some black cats. Through these steps we created a firecracker water rocket. We call it, The Frocket!
Most of us know how to not get ourselves hurt and stay out of the way of a launching or falling tin can, BUT, I will say it anyway...
FIREWORKS CAN BE DANGEROUS! Every single firework has a warning label saying so. Don't try to relight a failed firecracker with a shorter fuse, just toss it out and use another. Don't put your head over the cans as you are lighting the fuse and stay there; the can WILL bust you in the jaw. Heads up when the can flies into the air, it could come down and hit you. Be careful around the sharp edges of the can where it was opened and where you drill the hole; it can slice you open and it will hurt.
Step 1: What You Need
- (1) 8.25 ounce fruit can with pull tab top
- (1) 6 ounce tomato paste can
- (1) Regular fire cracker per launch you desire
- A lighter or other fire source for lighting the fuse
- A drill with a 7/32 bit, or a medium size phillips head screw driver will work
Step 2: Preparing the Frocket
You can use a screw driver to help make the hole slightly larger if it is a bit too small. Also, if you make it a bit too big, you may be able to come from the underside of the can and bend some of the can back to make it a tight fit.