When I visited Montana This Morning on the local CBS Affiliate (KTVQ2) I didn't want to just talk about the Yellowstone Supervolcano, I wanted to help simulate it. So, I brought along my ping pong ball cannons. Watch the video to learn about the History special, produced by Grizzly Creek Films, that I hosted and how to make a handheld ping pong ball cannon!
How to make a handheld ping pong ball cannon
Supplies (listed below from Amazon):
*Safety precautions should be taken seriously. Methanol is HIGHLY FLAMMABLE and can be extrememly dangerous. The ping pong ball could cause injury if pointed toward a person. Do not try this without responsible adult supervision*
Instructions for making a handheld ping pong ball cannon
Poke a hold in theside of the battery refill bulb with a knife.
Remove the nut from the spark igniter.
Insert the lantern spark igniter into the hold in the bulb, leaving the igniter handle exposed.
Re-attach the nuts and tighten
Drop 10 drops of ethanol in the bulb
Secure ping pong ball on top
Wait a few seconds to allow methanol to evaporate
Quickly turn spark igniter handle