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How to Make Homemade Firecrackers

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Assemble the Homemade Firecracker
The firecracker consists of a fuse together with a strip of tape or paper containing gunpowder.

The firecracker consists of a fuse together with a strip of tape or paper containing gunpowder.

Anne Helmenstine
One you have all of the materials necessary to make firecrackers, you are ready to start putting the firecrackers together.
  1. Take a piece of tape about 2" long and pick up the gunpowder on the sticky side of the tape. Evenly coat the tape until you either run out of gunpowder or else run out of stickiness.

     

  2. Place the fuse (about 2 inches long) so that it sticks halfway down the tape. The fuse does not need to stick to the tape.

     

  3. Roll the tape around the fuse. Take another piece of tape and tightly wrap your firecracker. Be sure to cover the bottom of the firecracker or else the opening will give you a small rocket rather than a popping firecracker.
Alternatively, you could just fold a 2-inch strip of paper in half lengthwise, pour the gunpowder into the fold of the paper, and wrap the paper around the fuse. The paper firecracker could be secured with any kind of tape.

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