bottle rocket

noun

Definition of bottle rocket 

: a firework typically consisting of a cylindrical case that is partly filled with combustible material and fastened to a guiding stick which may be placed in a bottle to control the direction of the rocket's launch

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In the case of bottle rockets that don’t ignite, DO NOT look into the opening. Joshua Trudell, ajc, "10 ways to enjoy Fourth of July fireworks safely," 27 June 2018 The Fourth used to mean cold beer, grilled corn and coaxing the dog out from under the bed after a loud burst of bottle rockets. Jason Gay, WSJ, "How the NBA Stole the Fourth of July," 28 June 2018 Those injuries weren't necessarily caused by non-consumer fireworks: 41 percent were caused by sparklers, firecrackers, Roman candles, and bottle rockets. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Can I shoot fireworks in Louisville? Your July 4 questions answered," 28 June 2018 Illinois allows sparklers and other small fireworks but is one of only four states that bans bottle rockets, firecrackers, roman candles and other items. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: I’m for legalizing fireworks if taxes fund safety education," 11 July 2018 Every year bottle rockets are the source of house fires. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "Are Bottle Rockets a Serious Fire Danger?," 29 June 2018 That means firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, etc. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Can I shoot fireworks in Louisville? Your July 4 questions answered," 28 June 2018 Many of us have bought bottle rockets to make our own fireworks show, preparing to annoy our neighbors with each flick of our lighters. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Fireworks fascination can never be defused, so keep your ears plugged," 9 July 2018 While regulations exist on the books, many continue making powerful firecrackers and bottle rockets and selling them to the public. Time, "Fireworks Explosion Kills 24 People, Injures 49 Near Mexico City," 6 July 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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