Exploding Matches of Doom (MacroHD VIDEO!)




About: Travelling since 2013. I'm currently in Australia for some reason. --- I’m Calvin Drews, and I love to learn, experiment, invent, create, repair, and generally just do things myself. A sort of modern jack o...

In the instructable, I'm going to show you how to make an exploding match! It looks just like any ordinary match, lights like one, but goes BANG and shoots a gout of flame 3 inches long when lit.

The effect is somewhat delayed...see the video for a better understanding. The video Doesn't show the long flame-shot very well. It's also much louder and more spectacular in real life.

Look at this crazy photo... this is what 30fps of HD video can do.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

You can get everything you need from wall*mart, or even a gas station.

1) A standard household match. Do not use strike-anywhere matches (unless you like "unauthorized pyrotechnic events'')

2) Tiny drill bit. A 1/16 will work best, but I couldn't find mine...so I used some unknown micro bit.

3) 1 single red pop-gun cap.

4) Something to remove the powder from the cap with. Like a pin, toothpick, or an X-acto.

Step 2: Prepare for the Drilling

Scratch the tip of the match until you have a flat surface to drill into. If you don't flatten the tip, it's harder to center the drill bit (you'll be drilling by hand).

Step 3: Drilling by Hand

Drill a hole about as deep as the red phosphor match tip is long. See the picture for a visual explanation.

Don't use powertools here, or you could hurt yourself. I once drill a 1/16 hole ALL THE WAY THROUGH MY FREAKIN THUMB when doing this with a Dremel.

Step 4: Empty Your Caps

Use something pointy to extract the powder. Some caps will fizzle when you do this. Expect it to happen, and don't do this around spilled gasoline...

One you get some unexploded powder from the cap, go to step 5!


Fill the match with the powder. After that, pack the hole TIGHT with soft cotton. If it's not packed tight enough, it will go WHUMP instead of BANG when you light it.

Now draw a frowning face on it, and watch the video on the first page.



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    7 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    It doesn't need to be an actual match, unless you plan on lighting it on a striker.

    A small stick would be fine.

    2 replies
    Conor M

    4 years ago on Introduction

    what is the flame below the match just after you lit it?


    8 years ago on Introduction

    It would be hilarios to fill a bow with these and swap them out with sombodys matchbox, so that they would not be expecting it : P. (Although probubly quite unsafe.)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Don't forget to rate if you like it. Also, please inform me of any spelling errors you may find.