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FUN, This is how you make lightning strike your yard 3 times in 5 minutes. FUN

Discussion in 'High Voltage' started by gary350, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. gary350

    gary350 Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Murfreesboro, TN 37129 USA
    Spring is here, it is time to have some fun with lightning. I have been doing this for 20 years.

    I buy a 3 pack of small Estes model rocket engines so I can make 3 stick rockets. I set up the 3 rockets in the back yard about 5 feet apart on 3 seperate launch pads. I use 3 dead man switches to fire off the rockets 1 by 1. A dead man switch is a normally closed switch that is held open with some thing like a piece of wood or anything that can be pull out suddenly with a 100 foot long NONE CONDUCTIVE kite string. Connect the switch to the electric ignitor and the battery. Put a plastic zip lock bag over the rockets to protect them from humidity and moisture while you wait for the next thrunder storm.

    I put about 1000 feet of wire on a spool but in only needs about 500 feet of #30 copper wire on a spool just like they do on a fishing reel. Attach the copper wire to the bottom end of the 24" long stick rocket.

    Have all 3 kites strings about 100 feet long ready to unroll to the back door of the house.

    Next time you see a thunder storm coming remove the protective plastic bags that cover the Estes model rocket engines and their ignitors. Roll the 100 foot long strings out to your back door. During a thunderstorm count the seconds between lightning strikes you will notice a pattern. As the storm gets close lightning strikes might be 4 minutes apart but during the very worse part of the storm lightning strikes might be 20 seconds apart. Use a watch time 15 seconds then fire off rocket #1. The rocket will pull the copper wire into the sky and it discharges the cloud then lightning comes down the wire to your back yard, BOOM it is so loud it shakes the house and sounds like a bomb exploded in the back yard. After the next natural lightning strike time 15 seconds again and launch rocket #2. BOOM again another big explosion in the back yard. After the next natural lightning strike fire off rocket #3. BOOM another big explosion sound in the back yard.

    My neighbor use to say, why on earth are there so many lightning strikes in your back yard I can stand at my window and watch them 1 after the other it is so loud it shakes my house and knocks the pictures off my wall.

    LOL :)
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2015
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  2. DerStrom8

    DerStrom8 Super Moderator Most Helpful Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Vermont (GMT-5:00)
    If I did this it would scare the cr@p out of my fiance! (She doesn't like storms, I love them!)

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