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How to Make Homemade Firecrackers

• Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. via About.com
Firecrackers are extremely easy and inexpensive to make yourself. You may want to make your own firecrackers because you are interested in learning how to make simple fireworks or it may be you are unable to obtain fireworks where you live. Fortunately, the materials needed to make your own firecrackers are very common.
 
Homemade Firecracker Materials
 
tape (e.g., transparent tape)
toy gun caps (either the tape or the rings) or black powder
fuse (you can make your own fuse)
pin or needle
 
Toy gun caps are nice because the powder used in them is easy to work with. Here's how to get the powder out of the caps:
 
Gently insert a pin or needle through the back of a cap through to the front.
 Remove the pin and re-insert it from the front, where you made the hole. Pry the powder out of the cap, tapping it onto a sheet or paper or plate or other working surface.

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