bottle rocket


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 2017, the state reported an extra $1 million in revenue by nickel-and-diming every bottle rocket. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Anime brings in more than $19 billion a year. Its artists are earning barely enough to survive.," 2 July 2019 Firecrackers were involved in most of injuries About 1,000 injuries were from firecrackers, 500 from sparklers 400 from Roman candles and 200 from bottle rockets. Kendall Trammell, CNN, "These are the people going to hospitals for fireworks injuries," 3 July 2019 The devastation was grave enough (although there were no deaths), and the outrage was fierce enough, that the moratorium on firecrackers, bottle rockets, and Roman candles remained the status quo in Iowa for more than 80 years. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Anime brings in more than $19 billion a year. Its artists are earning barely enough to survive.," 2 July 2019 That said, things like firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles aren't allowed to be set off in Arizona no matter the time of year. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Here's where you can use fireworks in Arizona," 27 June 2019 In Alabama, fireworks such as bottle rockets, fire crackers, sparklers, roman candles, smoke bombs, and wheels and spinners are allowed. Leada Gore |,, "July 4th fireworks 2019: What’s legal where I live?," 2 July 2019 One year, while walking my dog mid-day, some boys drove by and shot a bottle rocket at the two of us. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "July 4th: Fun for humans, hell for dogs," 28 June 2019 With all four of its tires receiving torque and launch-control programming onboard, the SF90 Stradale is said to shoot off the line like a bottle rocket. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "The 986-HP Ferrari SF90 Stradale Plug-In Hybrid Yanks Maranello Back Into Hypercar Race," 29 May 2019 With the Hindu festival of lights Diwali in full swing this week, New Delhi residents celebrated with fireworks, lamps, firecrackers, and bottle rockets that sent smoke and ash through the chronically congested metropolis. Umair Irfan, Vox, "New Delhi is once again the most polluted city on Earth," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of bottle rocket

1939, in the meaning defined above

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