The original M-80 was a military simulator that was sold as a firecracker.


M-80s are red in color, one and one-half inches long, 5/8 of an inch in diameter, with a green waterproof fuse sticking out the side. It contained two to three grams of flash powder and was responsible for hundreds of serious injuries due to its powerful blast. These items were banned by the CPSC in 1966, and made illegal by the BATF in the 1970’s. Legal M-80’s today contain 50 milligrams of flash powder, which is about 1/40th of the original M-80.

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