Experiment 10: Fire Wire

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Experiment 10: Fire Wire
Ordinary steel wool is usually used for mundane tasks like scrubbing pots and pans or sanding down woodworking projects. But light it on fire and swing it around your head on a rope, and it makes a dramatic display of homemade fireworks. It’s a stunning spinning shower of sparks you and your friends won’t soon forget.

Known variously as “fire wire,” “steel wool fireworks,” “sparkle poi’” or “steel wool poi,” this firework is surprisingly easy to make. Don’t be put off by its simplicity; it makes for a breathtaking display.

However, please heed the warnings: you are playing with fire!

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