Toy Rocket Auto Kills Jersey Boy
An 11-year-old New Jersey boy was killed recently when a homemade rocket, designed to propel a toy automobile, blew up in his face.
Merrill Poliakoff, 11, of Tenafly, and three companions had filled a 4-inch carbon dioxide cartridge, of a type used to charge soda water bottles, with a mixture of saltpeter, sulfur and charcoal. The crude rocket motor was then attached to the auto and a match used to ignite it.
The device exploded, driving bits of the car and cartridge into the boy’s chest and shoulder. His companions were unhurt.