So I've been charged with being the "enemy" for a FTX in march.
The situation: D Co is traveling in a convoy of humvee's down a dirt road in some little corner of the reserve center. They need to be ambushed, and I will simulate casualties by telling them somebody is hurt and to perform first aid. Then I will evaluate and retrain as necessary.
How its supposed to be: The training needs to be as lifelike as possible, and the more confused D Co is, the better. Needs to be very Iraq-ish. It really helps that we are in Arizona!
What I got so far: I already cleared it with range control to allow me to bring my AK-47 with 200 blanks. Normally saying "boom boom, you're dead" is whats used, but I think my method is more effective, lifelike training and the commander agrees. Also going to dress as middle-eastern as I can, and my buddy who is overseas is feeding me the tactics that are used against him, so I can replicate those.
What I need: I need to simulate an IED. It has to be innocent looking, remotely detonated, LOUD, flashy, and NOT DANGEROUS. Explosive charges (like big firecrackers) are a big no-no. I love chemistry, but I know I've got a lot to learn about it. Hence, this is why I ask
My question: I need a reaction that can be set off with a 9V battery, I will run the wire to the contraption and set it off remotely. This reaction should produce a loud "bang" and lots of smoke would be good. Cheap is a plus, because this is coming out of my own pocket and not the army's. I need to put together enough simulated IED's for about 10 ambushes.
Any ideas guys?
And they won't supply me with anything! No artillery simulators, smoke grenades, etc. I was told to use water balloons if I didn't have any great ideas of my own. I'm also known as a bit of a mad scientist in the army so they figured I'd come up with something cool...