It's a real challenge to create exploding targets that can be set off by low velocity projectiles, yet remain safe to handle without risk of ignition during construction.
The targets demonstrated in the following video were created to avoid those challenges by using quite harmless pulling trick fireworks to create a loud report and cloud of smoke, not initiated by the projectile itself, but instead by the sharp and predictable impact of a mouse trap.
The result is a reusable and effective exploding target that is capable of no more harm than a pinched finger, and provides excellent entertainment for low cost and little effort.
If necessary, the mouse trap paddle may be reinforced with a piece of steel or a large coin if airguns that might pierce the plastic are to be used (such as pellet guns). Below are listed the very few tools and materials required for these targets:
- 1 large paddle mouse trap
- Pulling trick fireworks
- Adhesive putty
- Orange duct tape
Any projectile that is capable of triggering a mouse trap can be used, including Nerf darts, paintballs, stones from slingshots, and blowguns.