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Man Tries to Make Bottle Rockets Safer

July 2, 2014, 6:10 PM by Mike Simundson

Man Tries to Make Bottle Rockets Safer
TEA, SD -

Most of us can relate to the following statement.

"We've been shooting fireworks our whole life," Mike Knopf said.

Knopf and his family gather every fourth of July to shoot off fireworks and bottle rockets are a big part of it.  However, Knopf does not want his kids and grandkids launching rockets from a rickety bottle.  The bottle could shatter, melt or tip over causing injury.

"Tipping over, having fingers that are hurt. That was the big thing with all of our children, we wanted to make sure they were safe," Knopf said.

Which is why Knopf has invented the Safe-T Rocket Launcher.  The device is a way to make the whole process safer. 

"You stick it in the ground. You put your rocket with the fuse hanging out of the fuse slot, light it and it falls down the the chamber and fires out. If you have a dud, it will fall down in the chamber and explode in the chamber and the pipe is safe so that it won't explode the pipe," Knopf said.

The Safe-T Rocket Launcher is being sold in ten fireworks stores from Watertown down to Canton. One of the outlets is Pyroholics at the Tea exit.

"We just got it in, there's been a few of them going out the doors. People are really liking how it provides safety for their children so they'll be able to shoot the bottle rockets, so that's a good selling point for them," Zoe Knutson, a Pyroholics employee, said.

This invention caught Knutson's attention right away.

"I'm actually looking at taking one home for my child," Knutson said.

The Safe-T Rocket Launcher sells for $5. Knopf said it is a small price for a little peace of mind. 

"The big thing was when we developed the fuse slot that's cut right into the pipe. That makes it so that the fuse just hangs out and it falls down in the pipe and shoots out and if it explodes in the pipe, then nothing happens to it. Keep your eyes and you hands safe and that's what this will do for you," Knopf said.

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