scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: pyromaniacs?
Michael Bowman (mfbowman@USSCOUTS.ORG
Mon Nov 22 1999 - 22:33:11 CST
I think that the idea of using matches related to rocketry immediately
spawns visions of match-head pipe bombs, unless folks know exactly what a
match rocket is and how it works. A match rocket involves only TWO matches.
The head of one is wrapped in tin foil, which is perforated at its base.
The second match is held under the tin foil after lighting. The ignition
within the tin foil produces a jet of gas causing the match to take off.
NASA has an illustration of how to do this on its educational pages as a
K-12 learning exercise for children at
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.