THE BEST Explosions

Explosive Barrels

Explosive Barrels

FPS games love to toss in an assortment of explosive barrels and other stuff to blow up among their scenery, letting players quickly dispatch large groups of enemies with a single shot. As part of their extensive series on weaponry, Ahoy looks back at the history of these common video game props, and why we still love them.

World’s Largest Firework

World’s Largest Firework

As part of the festivities at the 2020 Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival in Colorado, the pyrotechnics experts from Steamboat Fireworks bested the previous world record for largest firework shell by launching a 62-inch explosive package sky-high, illuminating the night skies for miles around.

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Tiny Cannon vs. Christmas

Tiny Cannon vs. Christmas

Kuma Films sends off Christmas with a bang, shattering ornaments, gingerbread men, gift boxes, and other holiday items with a tiny desktop cannon, and capturing the carnage in glorious slow-motion.

Det Cord Holidays

Det Cord Holidays

To celebrate the holiday season and the end of the year, the folks over at FullMag and Black Rifle Coffee headed to the firing range to blow some stuff up with det cord. They starts out with a beautifully-timed, but less than explosive “2020” sign, and then made up for it with a truly fiery Christmas tree.

Matchstick Jet Engines

Matchstick Jet Engines

YouTuber The S loves to make stuff from cardboard, and often incorporates matchsticks into his designs. In this clip, he compiles four builds which incorporate jet engines powered by numerous lit matches. While they don’t travel that fast, the fiery launches are quite the spectacle.

Ultra Slow-mo Explosions

Ultra Slow-mo Explosions

Who doesn’t love watching things blow up in slow motion? The guys at Love High Speed captured a variety of explody things in front of the lens of a Phantom v2640 Onyx camera, and the images they recorded are quite spectacular. That not enough for you? Here’s a bonus clip.

World’s Largest Firework Tank

World’s Largest Firework Tank

You know those fireworks that look like a tiny tank? Well builder Peter Sripol decided to celebrate the 4th of July (and 1 million subscribers) by building himself a gigantic replica of the thing. Naturally, his version makes a lot more fire. Plus, it was reusable – at least for a while.

Daytime Fireworks in Slow-mo

Daytime Fireworks in Slow-mo

Gav and Dan wrap up their Planet Slow-mo series with an explosive finish. They set off a 120+ foot-wide line of fireworks, each loaded up with colorful paints. The first run didn’t detonate quite right, but fortunately, they got a second go at it.

1000 Rockets vs. 1000 Rockets

1000 Rockets vs. 1000 Rockets

Colin Furze celebrated hitting 7 million subscribers by putting a thousand rocket fireworks each on two trucks face to face, then let ’em fly. It lasted only a few seconds, but it was a glorious few seconds. Skip to 5:00 for the spectacle.

Disco Inferno

Disco Inferno

Burn, baby, burn. The guys from What’s Inside usually like to just cut things apart for their series. But this time, they teamed up with a Hollywood explosives expert to blow up a mirror-covered disco ball, Death Star style. We think they should have filled it with paint first.

Explosions in Slow-mo

Explosions in Slow-mo

(Loud) The Slow Mo Guys channel the Mythbusters with this extended clip, featuring a series of four wonderfully-satisfying explosions captured before the lenses of fancy Phantom high-speed cameras – at speeds up to 207,000 frames per second. Det cord FTW.

DIY NERF Rocket Launcher

DIY NERF Rocket Launcher

(PG-13: Language) Ryan & David made a NERF-themed rocket launcher that can do some serious damage. For ammo, they made gigantic Nerf darts out of PVC fittings and pool noodles. Watch them wreck stuff with this dangerous and almost certainly illegal toy.

Inkjet Printing Thermite

Inkjet Printing Thermite

Engineer Allison Murray from the Purdue University Mechanical Engineering department shows us how their team used a customized inkjet printer to lay down a thin sheet of thermite, resulting in designs which explode into shapes when ignited. Learn more here.

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Silo Roof Demolition

Silo Roof Demolition

To make way for new buildings along the waterfront in Aalborg, Denmark, this old silo had to be demolished. They first removed the roof, using a series of timed explosions. The resulting explosion was wonderfully satisfying. Video by Dronefoto Nord.

Whoosh Bottle Slow-mo

Whoosh Bottle Slow-mo

Warped Perception aimed his high-speed camera at a bottle lined with alcohol, then lit it so we could enjoy the fire inside in glorious slow motion. Then, he stepped things up to nitromethane – the same highly-explosive stuff used in dragsters. Kids, don’t try this at home.

Inside an Airbag

Inside an Airbag

It’s kind of amazing to think that a small explosive charge is sitting in front of your face when you drive, but airbags are a critical part of making cars safer than ever before. Giaco Whatever decided to take apart some airbags so we can seen how they work in slow motion.

Rocket Knife Nighttime Chaos

Rocket Knife Nighttime Chaos

David Windestal has been entertaining us for a while with his rocket knife-powered destructive antics for a while. This time he and his pals pulled out all the stops, with a nighttime run with LEDs, sparklers, spray paints, and an enormous fireball… all to create modern art.

Wine Geyser

Wine Geyser

Tim Vandergrift shared this footage from California’s Duke’s Folly Wines, showing what happens when you pop open a sealed barrel of wine while it’s filled with gas from the fermentation process. It’s one of those rare cases where a vertical video makes sense.

Slow-Mo Paintball Collisions

Slow-Mo Paintball Collisions

It took quite a bit of trial and error for The Slow Mo Guys to get two paintballs to hit each other in mid-air, but the final result was more than worth it. After all, explosions of paint always look sweet in slow-motion.

1000 Firework Bicycle

1000 Firework Bicycle

Because owning a rocket-powered bicycle wasn’t enough, Colin Furze decided to build a bike that launches rockets instead. He built, and then pedaled this insane ride to celebrate reaching 5 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. Build video here.

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Exploding Vacuum Cleaner

Exploding Vacuum Cleaner

If you see a lit cigarette on the floor, it’s probably a good idea to stomp it out before sucking it up with a vacuum cleaner – especially one that’s filled with gunpowder like the one Norwegian TV series Ikke Gjør Dette Hjemme (“Do Not Do This at Home”) used.

Hydraulic Press vs. Battery Pack

Hydraulic Press vs. Battery Pack

The Hydraulic Press Channel first crushes a tablet playing their hilarious mobile game, then things get really explosive as they turn their attention to a large lithium ion battery pack, one of the last things you should ever put under extreme pressure.

Crazy Powerful Mini Cannon

Crazy Powerful Mini Cannon

Because he hasn’t made enough dangerous things, Giaco Whatever teamed up with builder Kevin Lizotte to create a tiny cannon that’s ridiculously powerful for its size. The audio and slow-mo add to the drama, but we wouldn’t want to be on the business end of this thing.

Balloon Boom

Balloon Boom

A crew working in Long Beach, California stumbled onto a couple of mylar balloons entwined in the power lines. Before the lines could be shut off, they caused a spectacular short circuit, blowing up a transformer, and knocking out the neighborhood’s power.

Oobleck vs. Dynamite

Oobleck vs. Dynamite

(PG-13: Language) The Beyond the Press channel teamed up with Sons of Explosions to make a big mess. They took a vat full of cornstarch and water – also known as the non-newtonian goo called “oobleck,” and blew it up real good to see how it behaved. Skip to 3:28.

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