Rare video captures volcanic lightning from an exploding volcano

Volcanic lightning is one of those crazy, Old Testament-type phenomenons that makes you think that maybe hell is hidden under Earth. We've seen crazy photos before but here it's captured on video by Marc Szeglat. He was chasing down the Sakurajima volcano as it was erupting in Japan and got this awesome footage. » 3/17/15 12:41am 3/17/15 12:41am

A Suprisingly Clear Photo of an Explosion's Shock Wave

Defence Research and Development Canada's (DRDC) experimental proving ground is a piece of land over 470 square kilometers — and its isolated, clear, and moderate weather makes the location perfect for scientists and researchers to do defense work. Like this explosion. » 3/16/15 11:59pm 3/16/15 11:59pm

We Got to See This Supernova Explode Four Times Simultaneously

It's not every day we get to see a supernova, and a single exploding star split into four images is an absolute first. Here's how it happened. » 3/08/15 9:00am 3/08/15 9:00am

A firecracker exploding a rubber band ball in slow motion is the best

Who knew that rubber band balls could serve as an endless source of entertainment? Slow Mo Lab stuck a firecracker inside one of those balls and filmed it exploding in oh so sweet slow motion. It's like watching a mummy spontaneously combust right before our eyes. » 2/25/15 10:02pm 2/25/15 10:02pm

Incredible aerial view of Chinese New Year's fireworks over Beijing

Apparently, July 4th ain't got nothing on Chinese New Year in Beijing. This video was recorded on an airplane that was landing in Beijing at midnight of Chinese New Year and it shows all the fireworks going off at once across the city. It looks like every corner is firing off explosions at the same time. » 2/24/15 10:31pm 2/24/15 10:31pm

Coolest Couple Ever Blows Stuff Up for a Living

Meet Rich and Dee Gibson, founders of Rich's Incredible Pyro, a spectacle of explosions that takes place at air shows around the country. In this New York Times documentary, the couple shares what they love about blowing shit up. » 2/24/15 11:15am 2/24/15 11:15am

Oil Refinery Explodes in California; Blade Runner Flashbacks Ensue

It's raining down ash in Southern California, after an Exxon Mobil oil refinery exploded. The blast nearly leveled a processing unit and left four contractors with minor injuries. The local Torrance Fire Department says gasoline is to blame. Meanwhile, the aftermath looks like a scene from Blade Runner. » 2/18/15 6:55pm 2/18/15 6:55pm

High-Speed Cameras Reveal Why Sodium Explodes in Water

You remember the sodium demo from chemistry class: Just a small chunk of the pure metal dropped into water causes a great big flash and bang. You might even remember your chemistry teacher's explanation for why. But there's always been a missing piece of the puzzle, which scientists have finally figured out using… » 1/27/15 1:20pm 1/27/15 1:20pm

Video: Here's what happens when a fireworks factory explodes 

That is one hell of a boom. Which makes sense since it's an explosion of a factory of things that go boom. The explosion occurred in Colombia and injured two people. The initial blast knocked the cameraman over and the ensuing fireworks kept shooting out for a solid minute after that. It's pretty nuts. » 1/05/15 11:58pm 1/05/15 11:58pm

Never Try to Blast Open an ATM in Flip Flops

This past Christmas eve, one industrious young man decided to use the empty streets and twinkling lights to his advantage for a round of some good, old fashioned ATM blasting. It did not go well. » 12/31/14 10:30am 12/31/14 10:30am

An epic supercut of explosions in movies

Nothing rings in the new years like explosions and fireworks and countdowns and mind sacrificing hangovers earned during silly festivities. This supercut video by Screen Junkies has most of that from movies like Star Wars and Tropic Thunder and more. You can save the hangover for tomorrow. » 12/30/14 8:37pm 12/30/14 8:37pm

Worst Demolition Team Screws Up Same Explosion Twice

How hard can it be to blow up a building? My childhood experience with knocking over waist-high towers of cardboard blocks leads me to say "not hard," but this botched job by a demolition team in Sevastopol suggests otherwise. I mean, come on guys. » 12/26/14 12:00pm 12/26/14 12:00pm

This NSFW trailer for a TV show might be the most ridiculous thing

Workaholics is a funny TV show about slacker college friends who happen to be roommates who also happen to be co-workers and the hijinks they get into. Workaholics is not a show about guns and explosions and shootouts and strippers. But guess what the trailer for Season 5 is about? Yep. Guns and strippers. » 12/11/14 8:45pm 12/11/14 8:45pm

The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way NASA Decides When to Blow Up a Rocket

When the Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch on Tuesday night, NASA was able to account for all its employees very quickly after the failure thanks to a clearly very well-practiced protocol. The launch gave us a peek into the processes that dictate every rocket launch, and one of them was particularly… » 10/30/14 5:15pm 10/30/14 5:15pm

This might be the most fun you can have with a Nerf gun

A Nerf gun is never not fun. If you see one of those laying around anywhere, at a toy store, in the office, in a kid's bedroom, in your dreams, you have to pick it up and get goofy with it. So how can you have more fun with something our DNA says is never not fun? By adding explosions like mad genius Colin Furze. » 9/08/14 10:04pm 9/08/14 10:04pm

These Exploding Buckybombs Can Blast Your Body's Viruses And Bacteria

A buckyball is a single molecule of buckminsterfullerene, a form of fullerene that contains sixty carbon atoms arranged like a football. Now, scientists have discovered a way to convert buckyballs into deadly buckybombs and use them to take out entire armies of nasty viruses and bacteria. » 9/04/14 5:44am 9/04/14 5:44am

Watch This Russian Rocket Explode Resulting In A Massive Shockwave

From Foxtrot Alpha: A Proton-M rocket carrying a GLONASS satellite exploded just after leaving the launch pad last summer, and it was chock full of rocket fuel. The shock-wave from the blast is made incredibly clear some ten seconds after the flailing rocket detonates in a huge fireball. » 8/23/14 3:36pm 8/23/14 3:36pm

Putting 900 Pounds of Explosives Below an Abandoned Suburb For Science

It's not every day that the average person gets to blow something up at their job. Even rarer: Getting to blow up the neighborhood where you used to live. But as Next City reports today, that's exactly what happened to the last remaining resident of an abandoned suburb that served as the testing ground for an… » 8/08/14 2:32pm 8/08/14 2:32pm

The world's largest firework fills the sky with hundreds of explosions

It costs $1500, measures in at about 4 feet in diameter and causes an explosion in the sky almost half a mile long. It's the infamous Yonshakudama firework from Japan and if you can somehow snag the sky lighting cannonball before July 4th and shoot it up at your local park, you'd probably become king of America. » 6/27/14 11:06pm 6/27/14 11:06pm