The fire arrow was invented by the chinese
in the early 11th century
. These fire arrows were quite similar to the fireworks
in use today.
Fire Arrows were usually launch
ed from cylinder
s or box
es, and typically had a range of 350 metres. The concept
was pretty much like a rocket propelled arrow with poison
. Sometimes the head was filled with explosives
so that the fire arrow would be more destructive, but these explosives made the fire arrow very unpredictable
. Although very primitive, these Fire Arrows are considered as the first true rockets.
The fire arrow led to the mongolia
n invention of what may be the first grenade
-like weapon. The use of gunpowder
spread, and within the 16th century, rocket-like weapons were in use in Europe