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I was a pyromaniac as a child

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fishsweeper - 51-55 years old - female

Posted by fishsweeper
on April 12th, 2012 at 6:14 PM


I think that it all started when my parents gave me a chemistry set for Christmas.  I used to go down in the basement and make strange concoctions, instead of following the instructions.  I sooned learned the merits of salt peter, charcoal (ground up) and sulphur... the main ingredients of gun powder... not to mention gasoline, laundry detergent, sugar, alcohol, and a few other 'fun things'  Even candles could be fun... I set the toilet seat on fire one night when the lights went out.

I learned how to make smoke bombs, tear gas, Molotoff cocktails (That's one everyone knows.), and turned my little brass cannon into a genuine weapon that I'd shoot at my little friends' toy soldiers.  I made nehpalm and set the front sidewalk on fire... yes concrete WILL burn if it gets hot enough... and ended up making pipe bombs, one of which I tried to make into a rocket one day.  Unfortunately, I had forgotten to include an exhaust for the fumes, and, at the last second, realized that my little friends and I were going to get blown to pieces. I grabbed it and threw it into a dumpster at the last possible moment; and dove behind a dirt hill. It went off, spewing chunks of dumpster and garbage everywhere.  My father was an admiral in the Navy at the time, and the Navy looked for weeks to cull out the culprit, never thinking to look for an 8-yr-old kid.

When I was in high school, I put butyric acid in the ventilation system of the school,, and it had to be evacuated for a couple of days while the school was cleaned and aired-out.  I felt pretty bad about that one because it was making the other kids nauseous enough to vomit. I used nitric acid to write things on  people's foreheads, and when they went out into the sun, the acid would turn their skin, where I had written on it, BLACK.  The last straw for the chemistry teacher was when I put sodium down the sink.... My sink was at the very beginning of the line, so as the sodium hit the water, all the sinks on the same line, blew off the wall.

My father was told that I was being summarily tossed out of chemistry, and that I had no aptitude for it because I couldn't 'follow the rules'.  That was only 'F' I ever got in school.  I was paid back big-time when my children were going through an old trunk and found my 'recipe book'... and yes... My husband and I used to wake up to the smell of tear gas, and our front sidewalk DID have a huge burn-mark in it.

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  1. freeed - 61-65 years old - male

    Posted by freeed on April 15th, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    SISTER! And they told me I was an only child...I think that's a better reason "their" pants caught fire instead of the spilled jellied gasoline excuse they accused me of.

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  2. Anonymous

    Reply by An EP User Dec 19th, 2014 at 6:10PM

  3. fishsweeper - 51-55 years old - female

    Posted by fishsweeper on May 5th, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    We're such freaks, aren't we?.... It's GREAT!

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  4. Anonymous

    Reply by An EP User Dec 19th, 2014 at 6:10PM

  5. David938 - 56-60 years old - male

    Reply by David938 May 5th, 2012 at 11:55PM

    November the 5 th was fun ,because i could legally buy explosives, Use to bundle 4 or 5 bangers together and drop them down the main sewers, use to make one hell of a noise and if we were lucky shatter the manhole cover

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  6. fishsweeper - 51-55 years old - female

    Reply by fishsweeper May 5th, 2012 at 11:58PM

    Good grief...haven't you tried simple household stuff and salt peter before?

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  7. David938 - 56-60 years old - male

    Posted by David938 on May 5th, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    you were not alone ,i had a thing for fire too ,actually still do but i control it better these days.Nothing interested me more as kid than watching stuff burn, Saturdays were the best ,i used to spend hours burning any rubbish i could get my hands on

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  8. Anonymous

    Reply by An EP User Dec 19th, 2014 at 6:10PM

  9. fishsweeper - 51-55 years old - female

    Reply by fishsweeper May 5th, 2012 at 11:50PM

    Bullets in a burning trash can are good fun for a kid!... But I've learned to control my 'urges'!

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  10. Posted by An EP User on January 8th, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    What is 'salt peter'??

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  11. Anonymous

    Reply by An EP User Dec 19th, 2014 at 6:10PM

  12. Beausejour - 31-35 years old - male

    Posted by Beausejour on December 7th, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Damn, my heart just skipped a beat. May the good lord bless and may you blow it up real good.

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  13. Anonymous

    Reply by An EP User Dec 19th, 2014 at 6:10PM

  14. stratofortress - 66-70 years old - male

    Posted by stratofortress on October 22nd, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I think you should have stayed with Chemistry. You seemed to have some talent there, although misdirected.

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  15. Anonymous

    Reply by An EP User Dec 19th, 2014 at 6:10PM

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