Three words…

…dry ice bomb! Our 4th of July went pretty well. A couple of parties and some fireworks. The capper, though, were the two dry ice bombs that we made at Ron and Erinn’s house. It doesn’t take much to make ’em–just an empty 2-liter plastic bottle, about a pound of dry ice and some water. You crush the ice and put it in the bottle, then you pour in some water until the steam really starts coming out the top of the bottle, then you cap the sucker and run! It’s loud.

I poured the water and capped the first one myself. It started expanding so fast that I kinda freaked and just hucked it out into Ron’s backyard. It took about two minutes for it to explode and was the loudest thing in the neighborhood. For the second one, we decided to cover it with a 5-gallon bucket, to see how high it would shoot the bucket. This time we filled the bottle with ice and three of us set it up. I poured the water and ran, then Ron capped it and another guy, Joachim, put the bucket over it. Problem was that when Ron went to cap it, the steam was coming out so fast that it blew the cap from his hand–we lost a lot of steam while he scrambled for the cap. The result was that it took about 15-20 minutes for the thing to blow. We ended up throwing things at the bucket to try and set it off. When it finally blew, the bucket was right-side up again (open end toward the sky), so it never went up in the air. The explosion did shoot the bucket across the yard, though, but it’s just not the same… 🙂

4 thoughts on “Three words…

  1. Glad you all still have your fingers. We had a big BBQ here, and when we went up on the roof deck, the neighbor kids started shooting fireworks from the street that were coming right at us! I tell ya, owning a home changes your perspective on fireworks fun, at least in the city where there are several fires and missing fingers each year. I do miss the dry ice bombs though. We set one of in the dorm hall way once. Just about went to jail.

  2. To make dry ice you need to save up about three pounds of ice, about two standard auto ice maker trays, and the gel bags which keep stuff dry during shipping (shoes, electronics, brass items). Put about 4 bags of the gel with the ice into a plastic container with a lid into the refigrator over night. Caution: Handle dry ice with care. It can cause burns when handled by bare hands.

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