A Suprisingly Clear Photo of an Explosion's Shock Wave

Defence Research and Development Canada's (DRDC) experimental proving ground is a piece of land over 470 square kilometers — and its isolated, clear, and moderate weather makes the location perfect for scientists and researchers to do defense work. Like this explosion. » 3/16/15 2:30am 3/16/15 2:30am

We Got to See This Supernova Explode Four Times Simultaneously

It's not every day we get to see a supernova, and a single exploding star split into four images is an absolute first. Here's how it happened. » 3/09/15 4:38am 3/09/15 4:38am

Meet A Couple Who're Living The Most Explosive Life Ever

Fans of oversized explosions, please enjoy Kaboom!, a documentary about Rich and Dee Gibson, who've spent the past 30 years creating intricate pyrotechnic displays for air shows. (They met skydiving.) It's short, surprisingly sweet, and full of loaded observations like "Fire has real life of its own." » 3/02/15 4:50pm 3/02/15 4:50pm

Fans of destruct-o-tainment: step right this way for Curbed's deeply satisfying video countdown of "The 10 Best Demolitions of 2014, Judged Purely on Aesthetics." Fireworks! Earnest commentary! Stirring soundtracks! It's all here ... no earplugs required. » 12/23/14 2:40pm 12/23/14 2:40pm

What In The Hell Caused This Enormous Flash Over Russia?

An ominous dash-cam video has captured an extraordinarily bright orange flash in Russia's Sverdlovsk region in the Urals. Though the event was witnessed by many onlookers, there's still no explanation for what appears to be a rather massive blast. » 11/19/14 7:20am 11/19/14 7:20am

Watch Researchers Set Fire to Methane-Filled Ice Bubbles

Lake Abraham, in Canada, is filled with beautiful bubbles that, if they pop, will ruin your day on the ice at least two different ways. First, they'll displace oxygen. Second, if they pop anywhere near sparks or fire, they'll explode. » 11/10/14 11:51am 11/10/14 11:51am

Poop Foam Causes Massive Explosions

As if anyone needed another reason to stay away from pig pens, pig farms have been exploding. The culprit is a highly-explosive form of gray mush that turns up, from time to time, in ditches full of pig poop. And this gray mush seems to be entirely new. » 8/18/14 12:20pm 8/18/14 12:20pm

The First Fireworks Displays Were Terrifyingly Huge

If you are sick of all those safely precautions required to set off fireworks these days, then maybe you'd have been happier 500 years in the past. Those were the days when fireworks were truly awe-inspiring. » 7/07/14 1:04pm 7/07/14 1:04pm

In 1881, Engineers Blew Up A Mule For "Science"

There is a messed-up picture behind this cut, and it was taken all the way back in 1881. Photography had finally gotten good enough to take instantaneous photos, and it took people no time at all to decide to blow something up and film it. » 4/29/14 6:40am 4/29/14 6:40am

Hydrogen explosion vs. oxygen explosion -- which one wins for biggest?

What's the difference between a hydrogen explosion and an oxygen explosion? Quite a lot. Take a look at this succession of exploded balloons, and compare the booms. » 2/24/14 10:38am 2/24/14 10:38am

This fizzy reaction could run your car -- or make it explode

A little aluminum, a little lye, a little water, and quite a bit of fizz. That bubbling looks sedate, but it's blown up a couple of trucks. And someday, who knows? It might be powering cars. » 2/17/14 10:46am 2/17/14 10:46am

How to start a fire with a drop of water

Don't worry, it's not that tedious one that forces you to sculpt ice into a lens and then ignite some dry twigs. This one takes a handwarmer pack, and some table salt, and some zinc, and makes the entire thing go up in a ball of flame. » 1/19/14 12:00pm 1/19/14 12:00pm

A gas explosion that requires no matches

We're used to requiring a match in order to make something explode. No need this time. When these two gases meet, they explode on contact. We'll tell you why. (And show you how cool it looks.) » 11/21/13 2:58pm 11/21/13 2:58pm

See a lightning storm in a test tube

One exceptionally dangerous experiment is nicknamed "a lightning storm in a test tube." Although it does look like lightning, it's actually more like a bunch of booze-soaked explosions. Either way, it's cool to watch. » 9/06/13 12:42pm 9/06/13 12:42pm

Lycopodium: The All-Natural Fun Supplement for Water and Fire

Is your water and your fire dangerously un-fun? Replenish your joy levels with this all-natural herbal supplement. Lycopodium powder can cause terrible grain elevator fires, but now can be used for fun experiments with both water and fire. » 7/26/13 7:20am 7/26/13 7:20am

Pool cleaner and brake fluid fireballs!

Two basic ingredients — pool cleaner and brake fluid — make one big eruption of fire. Here's a little explosion that can brighten your day. » 7/25/13 9:40am 7/25/13 9:40am

Watch as this Russian rocket takes a fateful nosedive [Updated!]

Earlier today, a Russian Proton-M rocket failed less than a minute after launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, returning to the Earth completely aflame. A Russian newsfeed captured the entire ill-fated journey — including the massive fireball explosion. » 7/02/13 6:40am 7/02/13 6:40am

The explosive that goes off with the touch of a feather

Nitrogen triiodide is expensive to make. It's also useless in any practical sense. But it's cool to watch — just the touch of a feather and it explodes into purple smoke. All it takes is ammonia and iodine. » 4/18/13 1:30pm 4/18/13 1:30pm