THREE OAKS, Mich. (TheBlaze/AP) — A group of rocket enthusiasts have been wanting to increase awareness of rocketry as a hobby and did just that Saturday in southwestern Michigan.
How? By proving it's possible to turn a porta-potty into a rocket and launching it successfully.
The Herald Palladium newspaper said liftoff occurred in a soybean field near Three Oaks in Berrien County.
Members of the Michiana Rocketry launch a 10-foot, 450-pound porta-potty, mounted on rocket motors, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, from a field in Three Oaks, Mich. (Image source: AP/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)
Indeed the porta-potty made a big arc and almost landed on a spectator's pickup truck 2,000 feet away to the cheers of those in attendance.
The group of Michiana Rocketry club members planned the project for more than two years. About 30 people worked on the rocket, from engineers to sales people who lined up sponsors.
Rocket enthusiast Bob Bycraft insisted the project wasn't "barnyard engineering."