How To: 5 Explosive Homemade Fireworks for DIY Pyromaniacs

5 Explosive Homemade Fireworks for DIY Pyromaniacs

What kind of fireworks will you be handling during your Fourth of July celebration? Firecrackers? Torpedoes? Roman candles? Homemade aerial ball shells with a potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur mixture?

Whatever fireworks you may be using on Independence Day, make sure you're following your local and state laws. Nobody likes celebrating in a jail cell. Not aware of your state's laws concerning fireworks? Just go to the APA's website and click on your state to see what is and isn't allowed for at-home fireworks.

With that said, some of you may struggling to find some fireworks. But there's always a few last-minute concoctions you can create. Just be careful and don't try this at home if not an adult. Even then, take caution. The only thing worse than ending up in a jail cell is ending up in the ER.

Match Rockets

This is quite possibly the easiest firework you can make at home since you probably already have paper matches, a paper clip, needle, and aluminum foil laying around somewhere. It's not the craziest thing you can fire up, but if you live in a state with tons of bans, this could be the next best thing to a box of sparklers.


All you need for the carbon "snake" is some sulfuric acid and sugar. Don't have any sulfuric acid on hand? Make some using either the electrochemical or oxidizer method! Don't want to make it? Try some drain cleaner at your local hardware store. Have access to an actual lab? Try this super snake.

Steel Wool Fireworks

Snake not even spark for you? Try out some steel wool. It can create some really impressive fireworks thanks to just a 9 volt battery.


To make DIY firecrackers, you'll need some paper, flash powder, tape and a fuse. But this isn't the only kind of firecracker you can make. Check out all of the other options.

Smoke Mix

This you can make just to burn right away or put inside of a smoke bomb. It puts out a nice amount of smoke, but only for a short amount of time (depending on how much mixture you're using). To see how it's done, go to Mad Science. You'll need potassium chloride, ammonium nitrate, and sugar — all things you probably have in your home right now.

Want to make a smoke bomb? Try this illustrated guide by Yumi of Secret Tips from the Yumiverse.

Any Other Ideas?

Have any other ideas for quick firework replacements for July Fourth? Share in the comments below.

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