First of all I laughed very hard reading the your first sentence. As a teenager or youngin'- I am momentarily highly grateful we did not know each other. Imagining the 'SEMI-SOFT- MILITARY' explosions around town.... short of juvenile court cases, social workers and parents, Im sure there would have been abundant supervision.
Now as a parent I have a mini me and she's a lot more aware of consequences than I ever was. Fortunately we live in a very rural area, acres, and she can make explosions and other 'POOF' experiments without notice. Plus I get my inner chemist satisfied. In my opinion its a win win.