Use the same ematches fireworks pros do

Use the same ematches fireworks pros do

Some people think homemade electric matches are 2nd rate.

Think again.

This homemade ematch…

…was used by Chicago special effects pro Geoff Binns-Calvey to explode this brick wall…

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Skylighter Magnesium Chips Contest – The Winner is…

Hunter B. from California is the winner of the Skylighter Mad Scientist Contest for his magnesium chip go-getters! Here’s Hunter’s entry: For his efforts, we’re sending him: FREE 10 lbs. of mag chips and FREE SHIPPING on your his next Skylighter order and 10 lbs. of prilled potassium nitrate FREE… If you haven’t already, be […]

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“Twisted” Fireworks Rockets

“Twisted” Fireworks Rockets

Okay, this is way cool! Imagine lighting one of these of at your Fourth of July family gathering. Easy to put together too. You just need some wire, a couple of rocket drivers and two rocket sticks. If you’re even half as good as me, you can knock one out in 5-10 minutes. …Especially if […]

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Skylighter Podcast #1 – Black Powder Q&A

Skylighter Podcast #1 – Black Powder Q&A

A week ago we asked you for your most “burning” questions about making black powder for fireworks. To be honest, we were completely overwhelmed by the response as we received over 260 comments and questions. We had no idea that so many people were having problems with making black powder. Since BP is the most […]

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What’s your most “burning” question about making black powder?

What’s your most “burning” question about making black powder?

This is the time of the year when all of us start making black powder for our 4th of July projects. And with Skylighter’s incredible deals on potassium nitrate this year, now you can make BP cheaper than ever.

Since we’ve been swamped with questions on making black powder, we figgered it was time to compile the answers into a recording for you.

We’re putting together a “Podcast” with solutions to every black powder problem you may have.

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Making Black Powder Coated Rice Hulls

Making Black Powder Coated Rice Hulls

Making meal or black powder coated rice hulls is one of the cornerstones of shell making. Ned Gorski’s latest project shows you how.

Ned’s ball shells are consistent prize winners in fireworks competitions. Fact is, this article is really a collection of some of his important secrets to building his trademark, spectacularly-beautiful shells.

If you make your BP coated rice hulls well and the same way every time, you’ll be much closer to having reliable aerial shells that burst incredibly well every time.

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The Fallacy of Electric Matches – Do They Really Make Fireworks Safer?

The Fallacy of Electric Matches – Do They Really Make Fireworks Safer?

Recently there has been a spirited discussion on the merits of using electric matches to fire homemade fireworks shells at our club shoots in order to improve safety. I belong to The Crackerjacks, a mid-Atlantic fireworks club. This use of ematches would mark a change from the club’s traditional approach of attaching a length of […]

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Charlie’s Secret Green Stars

Charlie’s Secret Green Stars

Charley stored all the fireworks he made in a big chest-type magazine.

Right out in the middle of his backyard.

It was the middle of a nice July afternoon in 1996. And Charlie was in the mood to tell some secrets…

And I was a fireworks newbie itching to find out whatever I could from this old fireworks pro.

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The Explosive National Sport of Colombia

The Explosive National Sport of Colombia

By Harry Gilliam

Okay, I ran across this great game in the Washington Post (August 17, 2001). Click the link for a pdf of the article.

Without going into all the rules and gory details, the game is played by tossing a steel slug 60 feet towards a slanted mud bank in order to hit the center ring (the bull’s-eye). One of the ways you make points is by hitting a triangularly-shaped paper packet of so-called “gunpowder.” The packets are called “mechas.” More on those in a minute.

Who’d a thunk it?

It reminds me of horseshoes, kinda sorta. But mo-bettah, because something actually explodes when you hit it. And of course, as you will see in this video, because it is actually encouraged to play this wonderful sport while drinking

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Make Black Powder: Quick, Cheap, Easy and High Quality

Make Black Powder: Quick, Cheap, Easy and High Quality

At some point fairly early in every pyro career we realize we need to be able to make good black powder (BP) from scratch. BP is used in aerial fireworks shells as lift and burst powder. It is also used, in one way or another, in almost every other pyrotechnic device and component–mines, stars, black match, and the list goes on.

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