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Desc:A bucket of Thermite on top of ice blocks -- for SCIENCE!
Category:Science & Technology, Accidents & Explosions
Tags:explosion, ice, thermite
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Comment count is 15
halon - 2008-01-02
5 stars for science!
Ursa_minor - 2008-01-02
"smells delicious!"
Keefu - 2008-01-02
Every male should satisfy his internal need to blow something up once in a while.
baleen - 2008-01-03

I'm going to guess they didn't have anything stopping the shrapnel from tearing some new holes into their fragile bodies.
petep - 2008-01-08
the products of the thermite reaction are *molten iron* and intense heat. I hope they at least had an umbrella

Smellvin - 2008-01-03
Chem majors: was the explosion because the thermite was hot enough to sublimate the ice?
Repomancer - 2008-01-03
Thermite burns hot enough to break the molecular bond and split the water into hydrogen and oxygen, which recombine in spectacular fashion.

I Almost Got Busted™ once when a cop tried to put out some of the stuff with the garden hose. BANG, and then handcuffs.

theFlu - 2008-01-04
IrishWhiskey - 2008-01-06
After a patriotic neighbor called the tipline, these youngsters were promptly sent to Guantanamo Bay.
petep - 2008-01-08
it's funny because things like that ever happen

j lzrd / swift idiot - 2008-03-17
Automatic five stars for thermite.

It makes me happy in my face.
Shion - 2008-04-24
So where does one procure a bucket of thermite, exactly...
Repomancer - 2008-07-12
You can buy it from United Nuclear, among others, or you can just make it yourself. 74% aluminum powder, 26% iron oxide powder by weight (both are available at larger paint stores). Ignite with a magnesium ribbon, or my preferred method, a 4th of July sparkler.

I have a long and funny story about this, but sadly it has vanished from the PoEN forums along with everything else from before 1/1/07.

Caminante Nocturno - 2008-06-01
By law, videos like this one should end with a booming voice yelling "SCIENCE!"
j lzrd / swift idiot - 2008-07-01

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