THE BEST Explosions

Explosive Bat in Slow Motion

Explosive Bat in Slow Motion

Destin from Smarter Every Day and Shane from Stuff Made Here have had a little friendly competition going on to see who could hit a baseball furthest through engineering. Now, the two have teamed up to examine exactly how Shane’s explosively-charged home run bat works its magic, in glorious slow-motion.

The Exploding Hammer Festival

The Exploding Hammer Festival

People do some strange things when they run out of stuff to do. Take, for example, this annual festival which takes place in San Juan de la Vega, Mexico. The sole objective is for participants to hit things with a sledgehammer packed with explosives so it blows up. Todd Hata takes us inside this wild and loud celebration.

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Explosive Chess

Explosive Chess

Back in the day, there was this great video game called Battle Chess, in which chess pieces fought to the death on the board. This clip from CGI animator lotsalote envisions what a next-gen version of that game might look like, as individual chess pieces explode violently on impact with their opponents.

Exploding Pumpkins

Exploding Pumpkins

When they’re not smushing stuff with their hydraulic press, the guys from Beyond the Press are destroying things in other ways. In preparation for Halloween 2020, they decided to see if dynamite or gunpowder works better to blow up pumpkins. Naturally, they captured the delicious carnage in super-slow-motion.

Junk Jet IRL

Junk Jet IRL

Inspired by the Junk Jet in Fallout 4, The Hacksmith went ahead and built a real-world replica of the unique and destructive weapon. Simply load up its steel barrel with anything you find lying around, and its airbag-powered launcher turns random junk into deadly projectiles.

Explosive Baseball Bat

Explosive Baseball Bat

In order to improve his hit distance, engineer Shane Wighton Stuff Made Here created a baseball bat with the ultimate sweet spot. If hit just right, explosive charges fire, pushing a piston forward, and launching the baseball into home run territory. Along the way, he shows off his fancy new Tormach 24r mill.

ATM vs. Hand Grenade

ATM vs. Hand Grenade

Opening up an ATM with a hand grenade seems like a bad idea, but we suppose if you own the machine, you can do whatever you want with it, right? Edwin Sarkissian decided to see what would happen when he tossed an M67 frag grenade into one of those convenience store ATMs, and the carnage is everything you could hoped for.

Matchstick UFO

Matchstick UFO

The S loves to build all kinds of things out of matchsticks, then light them on fire. In this clip, he built a cardboard model of a disc-shaped UFO, filled it up with 25,000 of the incendiary devices, then set them ablaze with awesome results. The spinning part of the lift-off was a nice touch.

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.

Making Giant Spinning Fireworks

Making Giant Spinning Fireworks

Independence Day is nearly upon us, so it’s time to amp up the fireworks beyond the nightly booms of cherry bombs and M80s to something a little more spectacular. Maker Peter Sripol decided to see if he and his pal Sam could build oversize versions of two kinds of spinning fireworks displays, each powered by model rocket motors.

Popping Nested Balloons in Slow-Mo

Popping Nested Balloons in Slow-Mo

The guys from The King of Random teamed up with Todd Robins from Kuma Films to capture slow-motion video footage of what happens when you burst a bunch of balloons that have been inflated inside of each other. It took an 11,000 fps camera to really show off the split-second explosions.

Launching a Car with Dynamite

Launching a Car with Dynamite

The guys from the Hydraulic Press Channel and Beyond the Press Channel keep their promise for bigger and more impressive videos by attempting to launch a crappy car into the sky using more than 150 pounds of dynamite. At the same time, they kicked off the first mission of the unofficial Finnish space program.

Exploding a Tire Under Ice

Exploding a Tire Under Ice

The Beyond the Press channel present a simple but dangerous experiment that you definitely DO NOT want to try to replicate at home. They took an ordinary car tire and wheel, submerged it beneath about 8 inches of frozen lake ice, then overinflated it until it burst. The anticipation of the boom was quite nerve-wracking.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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