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Cheap Balloon Fireworks

Hydrogen oxygen mixture, light the fuse and let the cluster float up to altitude.
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The longer the fuse, the higher it goes. A group of 20 or 30 balloons would light up the night sky and make in impressive explosion.

The bundle of balloons would feature various mixtures of hydrogen and oxygen so some would do the massive explosion thing, some would do more pretty big flames. The balloons themselves can have various pyrotechnic chemicals put on or in them as well to add colors, sparkly bits etc.

The spectacular explosion to safety/cost ratio makes this something that I think should be done every 4th of July.

doctorremulac3, Sep 10 2022

Most explody is the mixture of hydrogen and oxygen. https://www.youtube...watch?v=XlmtcsSJr7Q
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Some would just be hydrogen to be less explody. https://www.youtube...watch?v=yMqYQKMmd3U
Go to 1:00 [doctorremulac3, Sep 10 2022]

Okay, why we don't have this featured in firework shows is beyond me. https://www.itemfix.com/v?t=rrzexm
Cheap, easy, spectacular. You'd trigger it remotely so if the wind carried it someplace you wan't want an explosion you'd just push the button. Only limit is you can only do it on relatively windless days but hey. [doctorremulac3, Nov 21 2023]

https://www.google....id:1PKvqdObaRw,st:0 [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Nov 24 2023]

Dundee: ‘You call that a firework?" https://www.youtube...watch?v=-Xtj4TD6M4g
Seriously. [minoradjustments, Nov 28 2023]


       I am wholly in favour of replacing fireworks with good old fashioned explosions. Michael Bay would approve and there would be far less pollution, depending on the balloon material.
gizmo, Sep 10 2022

       Hydrogen/oxygen burns with a nearly invisible flame. You'll need to coat the balloons with something, and make them out of something that burns a bit and stays up in the air while it's burning. And still goes out before it gets near the ground with a high sigma assurance. Birds collected from oil spills?
Voice, Sep 10 2022

       Oh yea, the mixture just makes a big bang, but you can easily fill or coat the balloon with entertainly burning stuff.   

       Even infuse the actual material the balloon is made from with something that incinerates it completely in an entertaining way. Colors, sparkles, etc.   

       As you said, hundreds of pieces of burning rubber raining down, not good.
doctorremulac3, Sep 10 2022

       Doctorremulac, I like your idea "Cheap Balloon Fireworks", however I feel obliged to refer you to prior art in commentary in the idea by the inventor Doctorremulac which is visible with the idea title 'Cheap Hydrogen Balloon "Fireworks"', in the list just below this one.
Loris, Sep 10 2022

       Well, different wording, but yea.
doctorremulac3, Sep 11 2022

       Flash paper! Make the balloons out it flash paper!
doctorremulac3, Sep 11 2022

blissmiss, Sep 11 2022

       Thank you Blissy. :)
doctorremulac3, Sep 11 2022

       I'll order a gross, just so when it gets here I can say "that's gross, I love it!"
21 Quest, Sep 11 2022

       LOL! That was a sniper joke, I actually did NOT see that coming.
doctorremulac3, Sep 11 2022

afinehowdoyoudo, Sep 12 2022

       I'm thinking adding colored pyrotechnic infused confetti would be pretty. Raining sparkles.
doctorremulac3, Sep 12 2022

       Proof of concept, see link.
doctorremulac3, Nov 21 2023

       //I actually did NOT see that coming.// And that's an invisible john joke.
Voice, Nov 23 2023

       //hundreds of pieces of burning rubber raining down, not good//   

       Your balloons could be made of sugar. [link]   

       See link. They are judging by height and drama. If the spokes were strapping and angled just right the thing would get much more lift. I wonder if that’s against the rules.
minoradjustments, Nov 28 2023

       Cool link!   

       Alternative to flash paper would be flameproof balloons of some sort. Sure that could be achieved, the flaming bits raining down for miles is a bit of a idea buster for this one.   

       But solvable I think.
doctorremulac3, Nov 28 2023


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