If you’ve played Minecraft, you know to steer clear of Creepers. These bespeckled hostile mobs will blow you to smithereens. The Slow Mo Guys dropped by the Colorado School of Mines with a real-world version of the explosive enemy and detonated it in front of their high-speed camera. After a small test, they got a much bigger boom from a charged Creeper.
The guys from How Ridiculous braved winter conditions in Montana to play with a pair of air cannons with their friends from BealsScience. This time, they loaded up their barrels with soda cans, bowling balls, spray paint, and a pair of glass spheres for an explosive grand finale.
After smashing stuff with their shop’s new 300-ton hydraulic press, the Beyond the Press channel got to work on a different kind of destruction. For maximum explosive carnage, they took car and truck tires and filled them way past their safe limits with a 4350 psi (300 bar) air compressor. Don’t try anything like this at home – it’s incredibly dangerous.
The Slow Mo Guys, Gav and Dan, stopped by the Colorado School of Mines to observe what happens when you fire two identically shaped charges into each other. Their high-speed cameras captured the 15,000 MPH collision in slow motion for us to enjoy. It was really tough to keep the exposure from blowing out because of the intensity of the fireball.
When Lauri Vuohensilta isn’t crushing things with his 150-ton hydraulic press, he enjoys making things explode. In this clip from his Beyond the Press channel, he and the guys from Pyrokratia rigged up nearly 7000 blocks of recalled fireworks to explode at the same time. This is totally going to be our new bedtime white noise.
We’ve seen how explosive something as tame as paper can be when crushed in a hydraulic press. So, how energetic are actual explosives when subjected to similar forces? Press play and find out as the Hydraulic Press Channel takes canisters of compressed propane gas and smooshes them next to a bunch of candles.
Here’s one from the “don’t try this at home” file. TikTok user ex9g6oxt has posted a series of videos in which he uses firecrackers to launch metal bowls and rice cookers into the air. He starts with the smallest firecracker and gradually ups the size to see how high the explosion can launch each object.
If you’ve ever handled gold leaf, you know how fragile the thin metal sheets are. The Slow Mo Guys used this to their advantage by placing gold leaf inside a jar, removing all the air, and then letting air back in to make it shatter into tiny particles. Naturally, they captured the explosive decompression with a high-speed camera at 80,000 fps.
Popcorn: there aren’t any other foods we can think of which must explode to be enjoyed. This high-speed footage from The Slow Mo Guys is almost as tasty as a bucket of the buttery stuff is. They used a dangerous-looking popcorn pressure cooker to get a bunch of kernels to pop simultaneously, then fired up some puffed rice.
If you set off an explosion next to a bullet, would the shockwaves affect its path? That’s the question that The Slow Mo Guys and the Colorado School of Mines sought to answer in this fascinating experiment. It took several tries to get the timing right between the explosion and the passing bullet, but it gave them an excuse for more explosions.
The guys from How Ridiculous aren’t done destroying things in their gigantic blender. This time, there’s even more spectacle as they satisfy the appliance’s voracious appetite with aerosol deodorant cans, a garbage bin filled with dry ice, and glow sticks. They also fed it a combination of hairspray and sparklers, resulting in some impressive fireballs.
RED SIDE used computer graphics generated in Unreal Engine 5 to simulate various human-made explosions. The video starts with the minimal impact of a small firecracker and culminates with the deadly force of Tsar Bomba, the most powerful atomic bomb ever detonated.
Hitting molten metal with a bat seems like a bad idea. But The Slow Mo Guys are happy to take that risk if it entertains viewers. After melting some nails into a crucible, they tossed the liquid steel into the air, whacked it with a cricket bat, and captured the fiery spectacle at 10,000 FPS. Watch in 4K if you can.
Cannons are generally designed to fire iron cannonballs. Ballistic High-Speed shows us there’s no good reason they can’t fire bowling balls too. In this satisfying slow-motion video, you’ll see what happens when a bowling ball meets various objects at speeds over 300 feet per second. You definitely would not want to be on the business end of this thing.
We know that firearms can be dangerous – especially if they malfunction or are mishandled. The Slow Mo Guys got together with Scott from Kentucky Ballistics to witness a worst-case scenario. Loading the wrong ammo into an already jammed gun doesn’t ordinarily happen, but the consequences can be explosive.
Lord Cutler Beckett was a real jackass in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, so it’s no wonder he got what was coming to him. YouTuber Shrubbery imagines what it might have been like if an entire armada descended on Beckett to put him out of his misery and send his ship to Davy Jones’s locker. (Thanks, Orion!)
Here’s a fun little video showing what happens if you place a bunch of spinning fireworks together inside an angled brick wall, then light one of them. As you might expect, the first one sets off a chain reaction, then they start bouncing around like pinballs – or Beyblades for 2000s kids.
What you’re looking at is a tiny fire extinguisher called an E-Bulb. Designed to work in small, enclosed spaces, it can be installed inside electronics to prevent a fire from spreading. It works like a fuse and can stop the flow of electricity as well. The Slow Mo Guys captured footage of the invention at speeds up to 150,000 fps.
Toilets are designed to take some pretty explosive payloads. But we can say with certainty that they weren’t thinking about what YouTuber HaerteTest came up with. He filled the porcelain bowl with thousands of individual sparklers, then set it ablaze. This is even worse than the last time we ate Taco Bell.
The most powerful pool breaks rarely exceed 30 mph. At least, that’s the case with human players. But The Slow Mo Guys tend to do things with a bit more impact. So they got their hands on a special canon that’s exactly the right size to launch a pool ball. Once they dialed in their aim, they recorded the carnage at 80,000 FPS.
The Hydraulic Press Channel has figured out that you can get metal objects to explode even more dramatically by pre-scoring them. In this clip, they start by crushing a series of progressively larger ball bearings, then try the same with one they put cut marks into. The slow-motion footage is really impressive.
This wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen Stretch Armstrong destroyed in horrible ways. But The Slow Mo Guys added their spin to the genre by capturing the carnage in slow motion. Like others, they filled the gooey kid’s toy with enough water to make it explode. Their high-speed footage also revealed Stretch’s true Achilles’ heel.
The guys from the Leftover Currency channel sent the Hydraulic Press Channel a bunch of nearly worthless cash for them to subject to the intense destructive force of their 150-ton press. Like other stacks of paper, the bills fail quite spectacularly, while the coins just get smooshed.