from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A red, ball-shaped firecracker that explodes with a loud bang.

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  • noun A spherical firecracker that generates a high-power explosion

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  • noun a red ball-shaped firecracker with high explosive power


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  • Cherry bombs are exploding fireworks, usually round, approximately one inch (2.5 cm) in diameter, and colored red with a green fuse. They contain a core made of explosive flash powder, a layer of sawdust, and a coating of sodium silicate. They are powerful enough to cause very serious injury. Historically, the cherry bomb contained approximately .75 grams of a chlorate/sulfur/aluminum flash powder making it substantially less powerful than most larger firecrackers like the M-80 and silver salute.


    February 16, 2008

  • Flushing cherry bombs down the toilet was Keith Moon's favorite prank. His repeated practice of blowing up toilets with cherry bombs led him to be banned from lodging at several hotel chains around the world, including any Holiday Inn, Sheraton, and Hilton hotels. It has been estimated that his destruction of toilets and plumbing ran as high as US$500,000.


    July 13, 2009

  • "There needs to be a cherry bomb in this toilet."

    - Keith Moon

    July 13, 2009