Brushes with Disaster
Nate Van Dyke
Readers share their experiments gone awry.
DON’T MAKE SMOKE BOMBS INSIDE
By Mark Frauenfelder
When I was 12 years old, I got my hands on a copy of Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book, a guidebook for pranks, protests, and overthrowing the system. My favorite part of the book was the “People’s Chemistry” chapter, which had recipes for making stink bombs, smoke bombs, Molotov cocktails, Sterno bombs, aerosol bombs, pipe bombs, and more.