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Submitted by:Traditional on 11/30/2001 or sooner
Held:Not Yet
Category:Banned
Typical Duration:90
Skills Required:Mental, Creative
Difficulty:Easy
Location:Outdoors
Time Frame:Night
Work as:Group
Equipment Needs:Average
DescriptionThe goal is to fill a balloon with hydrogen, allow it to gain some altitude and then have it explode, typically by means of a fuse.
BasicsTypically, we fill a single balloon with hydrogen generated from an old weather balloon kit and using a gum out can as an engine. Running the hose from the can to the balloon through ice, snow, or water is a good idea.
Why is this Fun?When it works, we get a loud mid-air explosion.
Variations:We could get actual cylinders of hydrogen which might let us do this on a much larger scale.
Equipment List:Balloons
Fuse
Hydrogen cylinder
Gum out can
Weather balloon kit
Mitigated Risk:BAN (Details)
Reviewed Date:2021-05-11
Reviewer:Steve Donohue