Gut Rumbles

April 28, 2005

yes, I made bombs!!!

I probably should be on the Homeland Security Checklist because I know how to make a bomb. I already comfessed to firing a potato gun with black powder. Do you think I quit THERE?

Shit no. I didn't.

I went around where the construction people were building houses, and I collected short pieces of conduit, and if they weren't already threaded on both ends, I threaded them myself. Then, I stole a pocket full of caps to fit that conduit.

Yes, as a 12 year-old boy, I was the CRACKABOMBER.

I built about two dozen tubes, carefully drilled a hole in the bottom of each one, then filled them with gunpowder. I had 24 pipe-bombs in my room. I didn't have a clue what I was doing, but I was certain that the results would be spectacular. I was a dumbass.

Behind my parent's house was a big field where we once dug a big hole in the ground. I used my silver tongue to convince my friend Finn to come with me and set off a couple of bombs. He foolishly agreed and we went to that field. We found that big hole in the ground.

I took six bombs and a book of matches with me.

I stuck a fuse in one, lit the fuse with a match, tossed the bomb into the hole---- and ran like hell. That thing went off about five seconds later and it sounded like the Second Coming of Christ. BEJUS!!! This was something from special-effects in a Hollywood movie. Dirt was raining down all around us and our ears were ringing.

"Cool!" said Finn. "Gotta 'nother one?"

We set off the other five bombs the same way. How we didn't kill ourselves or end up in jail that day, I'll never know. But we made that big hole a little deeper and had a good time doing it. But the last one I lit almost went off in my hand, and that frightened me.

I lit the fuse, tossed it, and the damn thing went off before it cleared the lip of the hole. I HEARD pieces of conduit whizzing by my head, despite the deafening concussion when it exploded. I was unhurt, but I almost shit my pants.

I went home, disarmed my other tubes and never built another bomb again. But I just want to announce to the US government: That may have been a long time ago, but don't think I haven't remembered how to do it! I can make a bomb!

Make me 12 years old again and I'll tell you how to do it.


So how the fuck did you thread the ends?

Posted by: rightisright on April 28, 2005 11:01 PM

The workers always left the threading machine at the job-site. They had elecrticity, I learned to turn the machine on and operate it.

It's not very difficult to do.

Posted by: Acidman on April 28, 2005 11:37 PM

I did pretty much the same thing the Summer of '58 or '59. My best friend Joel and I "found" a box of 1/2" X 3" pipe nipples and some pipe caps at a construction site when we were 11 or 12 and made pipe bombs out of them. My crazy uncle gave me three lbs of ffg black powder for my birthday that year.

The best one was in a big pickle bottle full of dry sand with three minutes of jet-ex fuse. We dropped it into Lake Washington from a canoe we had "borrowed" from the U.of Wash. canoe shed. We were sitting in the bottom of the canoe, and when that sumbitch went off it was like getting slammed in the ass with a 16 # sledge hammer. It never occurred to us young Eiensteins that the water was only about 6 feet deep. Neither one of us could walk right for over a week. We're lucky we weren't killed outright. Fucked up the canoe pretty good, too.


Posted by: gerry on April 29, 2005 04:55 AM

Freaking hilarious. Great way to lose a limb or two...

Posted by: Florida Bill on April 29, 2005 08:14 AM

A plastic 2 liter bottle, some aluminum can shards, and muriatic acid. Combine, cap, throw and run. (Black powder was already verboten by the time I started building bombs.) Muriatic acid can be bought by anyone at the hardware store, they use it for curing concrete. When combined with aluminum it creates hydrogen gas, enough to pressurize and blow a plastic bottle.

Posted by: eli on April 29, 2005 08:41 AM

Welcome to the Anarchist Cookbook edition of Gutrumbles...

Posted by: Rich on April 29, 2005 09:00 AM

We used to take spent CO2 cartridges, cut the end off, then fill them with match heads. With a match as a fuse, lay them on a concrete block with another as a backstop --- light the fuse and run like hell. We convinced ourselves that the birds taking off in the field 1/4 mile away marked the landing area. Looking back on it, most likely the cartridge probably just blew into a million pieces.

Posted by: bottlestop on April 29, 2005 09:44 AM

Back in my rock band days in the late 70s, we made a flashpot to end a set with a big "bang"! We used flash powder (obtained from magician supply shops), but one day when we were out of flash powder one of the musicians substituted black powder. Well, we set that black powder loaded flashpot off in a bar, immediately filling the entire bar with sulphurous smoke. The bar owner almost killed us, and we never used the flashpot again.

We made the flashpot thusly: Took a one foot square piece of 3/4" plywood, drove two nails into it about 1/2" apart. Took a two conductor lamp-type extension cord, soldered one wire to each of the nails. Then cut the bottom out of a coffee can so we could place it over the nails so the blast would only go upwards and not outwards, fastened the can to the plywood with spring clips. The male plug end of the lamp cord was attached to a footswitch. It was a push button switch that had a guard over it so that you had to lift the guard before you could step on the push button.

We'd unplug the cord while loading the flashpot. We'd wrap some solder around the nails so it would blow like a fuse when we applied the ac power. And we'd use about 1/4 of a teaspoon (not very much at all) of flash powder right between the nails. When the switch was pressed--BOOM! An instant three foot fireball came out of the coffee can.

Once, several years after I quit playing in the band, I demonstrated the flashpot to a neighbor, setting it off on my front lawn. Well, the concussion of the BOOM brought every neighbor out to see what had happened. And of course they could all see it was me, since the incriminating smoke was mushrooming over my head!

Posted by: Cbico Panther on April 29, 2005 09:57 AM

Don't get me started. I started this way and ended up semi-profesional in class B fireworks.

For shits and giggles - a bottle of ammonia - a bottle of iodine - coffee filter

Ammonium Nitrogen Tri-iodide = FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Posted by: Ed on April 29, 2005 11:01 AM

You don't reaally need to go as extreme as muriatic acid to get the reaction to work. Most household cleaners have hydrocloric acid in it (HCl). Tin foil can also be used instead of aluminum. All the metals in that section of the periodic table will react with HCl to release the hydrogen from the acid.
The important thing to remember is to squeaze the bottle before putting the cap on so that you have more time to run away.

Not that I've ever done this.

Posted by: Kirk on April 29, 2005 11:50 AM

A few small pieces of dry ice and a bit of water in a plastic pop bottle works well too.

or so I've heard,,,,,
hhmmmmm,,,,,,,,,that reminds me, I still need to patch that hole in the shop ceiling,,,,wonder how that plastic bottle cap got there????


Posted by: Tom G. on April 29, 2005 01:08 PM

When I was young and my school had this big ol' tractor tire sitting out in a field, one of my disreputable friends decided that tossing a cherry bomb into the tire would be ... interesting. And damn if he wasn't right. It made this fantastic hollow "PONK" sound and puffed out a perfect, huge smoke ring.

Most aesthetic use of a charry bomb I've ever seen.

Posted by: BlogDog on April 29, 2005 01:11 PM

You are lucky you're not dead.


Posted by: Sigivald on April 29, 2005 01:34 PM

I made some thermite and melted a hole through a manhole cover once....
And some other stuff that I'm not going to get into :)

Posted by: Graumagus on April 29, 2005 07:13 PM

Cardbord cores from the yellow Teletype paper were great for big cracker casings. We would beg them from my buddy's dad who worked in an early computer center.

We would make masking tape 'rockets' to test out our powder batches since we liked the challenge of making our own powders. I gave that up when I had a batch of wet Blackpowder based rocket fuel drying too close to the bench grinder. Sparks WILL ignite damp powder and it will smoke and stink up the basement! And you will get your ass tanned.

Gawd, But I love thermite!

Still kicking around casting my own anvil with some green sand and a batch of thermite.

Posted by: Nosmo on April 29, 2005 10:29 PM

My father had a standing understanding with us when we were growing up, the part with explosives was 'You can play with them if you want, I won't stop you, but I *will* be there to supervise'. He kept us from killing ourselves as we figured out the proper mixtures. We set off many a bomb in our back yard with an old model rocket ignition system and some cinderblocks used to block most of the blast. Then we made the mistake of letting a friend (P.) see how we made the powder. All was well for a few months, then while my older brother (J.) was over at his house and talking to a mutual friend (S.) on the driveway, P was making bombs in the garage for later use. He stupidly put the powder in the copper pipe (One end crimped only, saved his life that part) and then drilled the hole for the fuse. My brother and the other friend heard the explosion, spun around and there was P screaming 'I blew my fingers off!!'. My older brother sent S off to call an ambulance while he worked to help with stop the bleeding. When S returned, J had managed to get the hand wrapped tightly in a towel. They then spent 10 minutes looking for the fingers until the ambulance showed up. Turns out P didn't lose any fingers, the blast went through his hand and shredded the skin, and the results made it look that way until examined later. The next day the ingredients we used as an oxydizer were taken off the shelves of every hardware store in a 50 mile radius of our hometown and put behind the counter. The fire Chief was pissed we figured out how to make the stuff, BTW.
That plus a close accident with a homemade fuse and my hair, pretty much ended my bomb experiments.

Posted by: Mythilt on April 30, 2005 11:42 AM

Nice to see that this isn't the first generation of "juvenile delinquents" to roam the earth. I let of a pressure bomb-good ol'toilet bowl cleaner & foil-IN SCHOOL. Not doing that one again.

Posted by: Titoman on May 9, 2005 04:50 AM

im 16 years old i have always love to blow stuff up i remember one time i blow up a mail box with 7 lighters and some gun powder but any way i was wondering if you could send me some stuff on how to make a bomb out of house hold items

Posted by: skeeter on June 16, 2005 12:54 AM

O boy dont even get me started on being a certafied pyro, we used to make pipe bombs and charry bombs like everyday ( the old people down the block hated that as did my folks) but I was wondering what would happen if you but napolm in a with gunpowder in a pipe bomb

Posted by: couch boy on October 21, 2008 04:14 PM

sobe bottle presure bombs are fun just use viniger and baking soda screw on cap and toss makes loud bang and rains glass

Posted by: the manic on February 21, 2010 01:40 AM
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