Quite unfortunate that they used the engines as a source of black powder but
it really wasn't about rocketry.
I can foresee something like this making it harder for kids to get the
No law prevents illegal acts. This is clearly a violation of federal,
and I would bet their state and local laws. Even Mythbusters has cut
open modek rocket engines to get the black powder. It's a darned
stupid thing to do, but people (young and old) have been doing it
since black powder was invented. I bet even a young George Washington
pinched a few ounces of his dad's rifle powder to make crackers.
Why would the Mythbusters need to cut open black powder motors to get
black powder? Can't they just buy a can of black powder?
I bought some black powder last year with no issues and nothing special
The obscenely high price of model rocket motors already makes it
difficult for kids (as well as adults) to get motors. The more likely
scenario is that kids buy low cost fireworks and try making rocket
motors from them. Of course fireworks are not available in most
states, and kids do not always respect laws. So, the scenario could
be kids shop lifting model rocket motors and abusing them to make
fireworks. Even Andy spoke in "60 minutes" in favor or fireworks,
even for kids. Legalizing Fireworks would seem to be a win-win
situation, except for a few accidents, and the nuisance of mistaking
crackers for drive by shooters, etc.
I will also note that this is not exactly news. The clip was posted 3 years
ago, and we haven't seen any (new) restrictions on the purchase of motors in
the last 3 years. Make of that what you will.
Yep, these kids got away with it.
However, if this continues, some day soon
we will open the morning paper and see a
scare headline like,
"6 kids killed by model rocket bomb."
Then try to buy a model rocket engine!
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