We Couldn't Believe Our Eyes When We Saw These 15 Insane Explosions.

Don't try this at home.

Whether it's fireworks on the 4th of July, chemistry class, controlled demolitions, or blowing up action figures in the backyard like Sid from Toy Story, there's no denying that everyone loves a good old-fashioned explosion.

Luckily, the good folks at Popular Mechanics have uncovered a little-known subreddit called r/Explosion_gfys. As the name implies, it's all gifs of explosions, all the time. Here are 15 examples of why you'll want to subscribe and give it all of your upvotes.


1. Don't over-inflate your tires.

Inflate your tires to the PSI indicated by the manufacturer, and don't go over. That mannequin has definitely seen better days.

2. Firework malfunction

A computer error in 2012 caused San Diego's firework show—an event slated to be 45 minutes long—to explode simultaneously. It certainly made the show more memorable!

3. EOD disposes of ammo stores

Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) in the military is a pretty intense job. Rather than have unusable ammo sitting around causing a potential hazard, it makes the most sense to blow it up in the most controlled way possible. This 2003 explosion shows how intense that can be.

NOTE: These are also the same guys who handle improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Hats off to these extremely brave men!

4. Bridge in China

When a bridge becomes a safety hazard or needs to be removed to make way for something better, the easiest thing to do is to get rid of it in the most awesome way possible: by blowing it up, bit by bit.

5. Quarry blast

When it comes to getting rocks and minerals out of the ground, it just goes to show that explosives are a lot more fun than a pick axe.

6. Nuclear blast in slow motion

Nuclear weapons get talked about a lot on the news in the abstract, to the point where it can be easy to forget how violent they actually are. This nuke test is a stark reminder that with great power comes great responsibility.

7. So much det cord.

While detonation cord typically leads to a larger and more powerful explosive, it's pretty darn impressive all on its own. Watching 500 feet of it zig zag across the landscape is pretty hypnotic.

8. Failed landing of SpaceX rocket

SpaceX is trying to develop a rocket that can do controlled soft landings to make rockets reusable. This will bring the cost of space exploration down, which is a good thing. That said, space is hard and they haven't been able to stick the landing quite yet.

9. Hellfire - 1, Car - 0

The cool thing about these explosions is that the bulk of the force comes from the oxygen in the environment, creating an intense, high temperature shock wave. The force of the shock wave is actually what causes most of the damage.

10. Smash ALL the pumpkins

Never underestimate the simple brilliance of det cord and a few old jack-o-lanterns. 

11. Mineroller

This piece of machinery has one job, and one job only: to roll over landmines and set them off. While this is understandably terrifying, it beats having them found by children and other innocent bystanders.

12. Antares rocket explosion

Again, space is hard. Nobody likes to see cargo meant for the International Space Station or scientific experiments to go up in a ball of flames, but the more we learn about what goes wrong during these failed launches, we can learn how to make them better in the future.

13. Seattle Kingdome demolition

The Kingdome, which was once home to many of Seattle's professional sporting teams, was demolished in 2000. Much of the rubble from the demolition was recycled for use in the construction of what is now known as CenturyLink Field, which was built at the same site.

14. Marble Falls bridge, Texas

While watching the bridge get consumed in fire is great, knowing that the whole town came out to see it happen for themselves really shows you what an awesome people live in that community.

15. Indoor firework display

This is why fireworks specify that they are for outdoor use only. At least one of them had the smarts to wear a helmet and take cover!

Definitely do not try this at home.


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