Saw the thread about experimenting. When I was a young lad I got a book out of the village library and it gave the recipie for gunpowder. I used some of my birthday money and went to the chemists and asked for salt petre, flowers of sulphur, charcol etc. The pharmacist came out and asked me if I was making gunpowder and I said yes. He then asked me for my recipie and said it was shite. He wrote out a new recipie and measured everything for me. He took my money gave me the change and told me to go to the sewing shop and ask them for some old cardboard thread reels. Me and my assistant spent all day grinding up the ingredients and then went to a graveyard to carry out our 'controlled explosion'. It was brilliant. We carried out a whole series of 'tests' and had a brilliant time. I saw the pharmacist the following week in the village and he inquired about my tests. He then told me to get an eye dropper and put some diesel in a tiny clingfilm bubble and hit it with a hammer. Of course I ran home to try it. Being an immature 11 year old I had not done my COSHH or Health & Safety course and did this test in the garage. The Hammer jumped out of my hand and went straight thru' a window. This guy was magic. I had always been interested in flame throwers since seeing James Bond with his cigar and aerosol kill the snake. I went to the pharamacist and he told me to try WD40 with the thin stent. WOW it was magic - try it at home (but not infront of your kids) This old pharamacist boy is now very old and I now sit with him in the Lodge when I am in GB and we chuckle, he admitted a few times the village bobby popped in to tell him to stop encouraging the young lads in the village to experiement. It's a pity there are too many do gooders. Bombs & bangs are a healthy pastime for inquistive minds. Has anybody else got any funny stories on their 'experiments' with fire/bangs/ or kiddie IED's ?