It's a mini golf ball cannon.
You just need a few spare parts from the shed, garage, or evil laboratory and perhaps a friend or relative to divide the
The golf ball is essential.
Now I'm not going to explain how to build your own mini cannon. Sure enough I'd leave out one step, someone would lose an eye and the next thing you know, I'd be in front of Judge Furter and it wouldn't be as his dance partner.
Mom and her scientists friends were careful that they checked their state and local laws for restrictions on such things (many modern subdivisions have a "no cannons" covenant). They also reviewed all safety precautions - don't mix blackpowder with tequila, alpacas or enclosed areas. They were in a VERY remote area where "splody" things regularly are and they had safety goggles, ear protection and fire suppression.
With the right amount of black powder, dry, loosely packed material (yes that is cloth) and a quick but thorough check of the area to make sure no people, animals, personal property or any one's Treats Stash are in the line of fire and beyond.
Almost 1000 feet. You couldn't even see it go. A quick sponge out with the world's biggest home made Q-tip to to extinguish any burning powder remnants and cool the interior a bit and it was time for strike 2.
Think of the possibilities. Confetti cannons or an opening launch of of tiny squirrels into the arena. . .
Just think of the fourth of July like sound effects and. .
What could possibly go wrong?
Stampede! (horse zoomies)
Mom says "no". I'll see you at the rodeo. I'll be sitting in the "no pyrotechnics" section.