This article is from the Model Rockets FAQ, by Wolfram von Kiparski with numerous contributions by others.
There was a fairly lengthy discussion in r.m.r about the use of hand-lit
fuse to launch rockets. Although there was an advocate of this method the
consensus opinion of the net was that the NAR and Tripoli safety codes
made good sense, hand-lit fuse igniters were unsafe, and electrical
ignition (even if igniting fuse by electrical means) should be used for
all activities. Hand-lit fuses are also against most state laws.
While it is theoretically safe and practical, it goes against the
principal of self regulation which has made model rocketry legal and
available natonwide and worldwide. Just don't do it.