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Watch the Record Breaking World’s Largest Firework Turn the Night Sky Into Day

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again are words that Tim Borden apparently lives by, because after an incident thwarted his Guinness World Record attempt back in 2019, this past weekend he finally succeeded in launching the world’s largest aerial firework ever, with a behemoth that weighed in at 2,797 pounds. Read More >>

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How Industrial Explosions Are Helping Us Understand Supernovae

Scientists have debuted a theory using the explosions seen in industrial accidents to understand supernovae in a new paper. Read More >>

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Bosch Hopes Triggering Explosions Will Actually Make Electric Cars Safer When They Crash

Building an electric vehicle isn’t as easy as swapping a fuel tank for a battery and a fuel-guzzling engine for an electric motor, it requires an extensive redesign of the car as we know it, including planning for new risks when an accident occurs. That’s where Bosch thinks intentional explosions could actually make electric vehicles much safer. Read More >>

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Scientist Killed, Others ‘Flung’ in Explosion at Indian Shockwave Lab

A blast at an Indian research laboratory on Wednesday left one dead and three severely injured, according to Indian news reports. Read More >>

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Truck Full of Lynx Body Spray Catches Fire, Sprays Exploding Cans Everywhere

A semi-trailer truck carrying a shipment of Lynx Body Spray—or Axe, as it's called in America—caught fire near Interstate 35 in the US state of Texas on Friday morning, resulting in cans of the deodorant exploding and spraying across the street. Read More >>

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Apple Store in Amsterdam Reportedly Evacuated After iPad Went Up in Flames

An Apple store in Amsterdam’s Leidseplein square was briefly evacuated after an explosion believed to be the result of an overheating iPad battery, Dutch broadcaster AT5 as well as Dutch blog iCulture reported. Read More >>

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A Real-Life Spy Movie Flash Drive That Self-Destructs After Uploading Malicious Code

Inspired by a photo of someone cramming a firecracker inside a USB flash drive, a hacker who goes by “MG” on Medium has detailed a recent project where he engineered a Mission Impossible-style flash drive that ignites and explodes after delivering a nefarious software payload onto an unsuspecting computer. Read More >>

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Watch All 2,200 Pounds of the World’s Largest Firework Shell Explode on New Year’s Eve

On 31st December, a 2,200-pound fireworks shell with a diameter of 56 inches was launched in the United Arab Emirates to help welcome the arrival of 2018, and usher in a new Guinness World Record. Read More >>

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2017’s Best Space Explosions

Astronomers spend their days looking at the sky. Maybe some crazy complex new telescope is helping, or some form of AI is teasing the complexities out of vast piles of data. It’s still just the sky. The sky isn’t immutable, though. Some of the most interesting science happens when brief blips pass into and out of existence. These dots send their light in the form of radio waves, microwaves, visible light and gamma rays into measuring apparatuses and tell us something new about the universe. They might even send space itself rippling with gravitational waves. Read More >>

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Thousands Evacuated After Massive Explosion Rocks Ukrainian Ammunition Depot

A large fire at an ammunition depot in central Ukraine has triggered a series of massive explosions, prompting the evacuation of about 30,000 people. Hinting at sabotage, the country’s Prime Minister said “external factors” could be attributed to the blasts. Read More >>

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Blowing Up a Rainbow Probably Looks a Lot Like Dropping an Anvil on Spray Paint Cans

When you get exclusive access to a 150-foot-tall tower, you’re going to want to do more than just take in the view. So when the team from How Ridiculous got just such an opportunity, they made the most of it, hauling a heavy anvil to the top and then dropping it on a stack of spray paint cans on the ground below. Read More >>

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Fire and Explosives Make Falling Dominoes Far More Interesting

We’ve been told our entire lives not to play with fire. But whoever coined that expression never stopped to think about how flames and explosions could make falling dominoes even more captivating to watch. Read More >>

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I Can’t Stop Watching This £27,000 RC Fighter Jet Crash and Burn

“Oh, it’s so majestic! Watch it zoom around those trees! It gets so close to the grass! It goes upside down! It swoops over the crowd! It’s heading straight for the ground! It’s heading straight for the ground!! It’s heading straight for the ground!!! It’s hea——” Read More >>

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Pumping 20,000 Volts Into a Watermelon Ends as Spectacularly as You’d Hope

Unlike a battery, which stores power as chemical energy that’s slowly and steadily discharged to keep your gadgets running, a capacitor can unload all of its juice in the blink of an eye. Even a small capacitor has the potential to stop your heart, but when it’s the size of a dishwasher, well, this watermelon demonstrates exactly how destructive it can be. Read More >>

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Slo-Mo Video Reveals Batteries Become Tiny Missiles When You Light Them on Fire

By now we’ve all seen how dangerous some batteries can be, but the Slow Mo Guys are back with some more incredible slow-motion footage revealing that even the seemingly innocuous AA batteries stuffed in your TV remote can easily turn into a high-speed, exploding projectile if you’re not careful. Read More >>