Reusable Fireworks: DIY Bang Snaps You Can Throw or Smash
They go by many names — poppers, throwdowns, snappers, or bang snaps — but we all know them when we see them. These teeny tiny "fireworks" have been around for over 60 years and are still popular today because they're super cheap and safe for people of all ages to use.
Each one contains a piece of gravel with a very small amount of silver fulminate high explosive, all wrapped up in cigarette paper. The paper makes them a huge pain to clean up later, and once you throw one down, it's done.
Mehdi Sadaghdar of ElectroBoom made his own reusable poppers using darts, screws, and elastics. For the explosive, he used the heads off of regular matches. Mehdi made two different kinds — one inside the body of the dart and one that's attached to a piece of wood.
The first is thrown down like the paper ones, but the second is discharged either by hitting the end with a hammer or other heavy object or hitting it against something solid like a wall or the ground. They both leave small burn marks, so obviously you don't want to use them inside.
Check out the video to see how they're made.
Head over to the tutorial on Mehdi's blog for additional info and to check out some of his other projects. Ready for something bigger? Be sure to take a look at some of our other articles on making homemade fireworks.