Igniting 10,000 sparklers at once was a cute way to ring in the new year, but assembling 100,000 sparklers into a tower and adding fire is probably as close as one could get to building an artificial working volcano.
Today in “amazing ideas the internet had” we bring you an experiment that is without a doubt the best way to celebrate the end of 2015 tonight, and an even better way to usher in 2016. One sparkler is fun, but 10,000 igniting at the same time? That’s a science experiment you have to see.
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."
I'm sure at some point in everyone's life, you imagine that you can throw fireballs out of your hands like you're a wizard, superhero or Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter. Well imagine no more! You can now buy a wrist-mounted device that lets you fling fireballs around to your hearts content.
Ever wondered what it looks like to set a gas-filled camper on fire? Or drop a piggy bank on the running blades of an upside-down lawnmower? Or light 60,000 matches all at once? Wonder no more.
In a stunning twist on an already impressive spectacle, filmmaker Julian Tay decided to see what would happen if he digitally reversed this year's NYE fireworks display over Docklands in Melbourne, Australia. The results were fantastic.
Please. For the sake of your eyebrows, your lawn, your place of residence and your general wellbeing, do not try this at home. Definitely don't try it at anyone else's home.
The title of this YouTube video is "Wierdest [sic] Chemical Reaction I have Ever Freaking Seen!!" And while we've seen some pretty amazing reactions in our day, we're inclined to agree with that description. Why? Because writhing, peduncled, apparating blahrf-fest, that's why. Oh — and it's also deadly.
Far from the movie action scenes and Mythbusters testing ranges, these photographs capture indoor pyrotechnic explosions just as they begin, creating the illusion that the flames can somehow be confined to these frames.
Forget fireworks, celebrate this 4th of July with a towering inferno of science. Practical Pyromaniac William Gurstelle explains the physics of the phenomenon and shows us how to build our own. Read more over at Gizmodo.