Firecrackers have existed for thousands of years. Since they were first invented, the process of making them has changed. These days, many firecrackers are composed of various chemicals and ingredients that may be difficult to replicate on your own. However, you can make your own variation of firecrackers with matchstick sulphur and save yourself some money and a trip to the store.
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Things you need
- Safety goggles
- Small box of matches
- Pair of scissors
- Packaging tape
Put on a pair of safety goggles. These will protect your eyes should you make a mistake while creating your firecrackers. A thick pair of plastic goggles that shield your entire eye area are best.
Slide off the top portion of the matchbox, and set it aside so you are left with the bottom of the matchbox that holds all of the matches.
Cut half of the strike pad off. It is located on the top portion of the matchbox that you removed. Place the newly cut strike pad in between the match heads and the bottom portion of the box.
Put the two pieces of the matchbox back together (it will stay in place because you only cut off half of the striker). Remember which side of the box the match heads are located.
Wrap seven to 10 layers of packaging tape around the matchbox lengthwise. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the matchbox. When you are finished, move the box back to its original position, and wrap another four layers of tape to seal cover any gaps.
Mark which side of the box the match heads are on once you have finished taping. This is important to know when it comes to igniting the firecracker.
Throw the matchbox on the ground or against a wall so that the side with the match heads hits first. There will be a firecracker explosion and a small burst of flames as well.
Tips and warnings
- Always use utmost caution when working with flammables and explosives.
- When you ignite the firecracker (by throwing it), do so in an open space away from other people.
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