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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
Submitted:Repomancer
Date:01/02/08
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Comment count is 15
halon
5 stars for science!
Ursa_minor
"smells delicious!"
Keefu
Every male should satisfy his internal need to blow something up once in a while.
baleen

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

Smellvin
Chem majors: was the explosion because the thermite was hot enough to sublimate the ice?
Repomancer
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
DISCOVERY CHANNEL
IrishWhiskey
After a patriotic neighbor called the tipline, these youngsters were promptly sent to Guantanamo Bay.
petep
it's funny because things like that ever happen

j lzrd / swift idiot
Automatic five stars for thermite.

It makes me happy in my face.
Shion
So where does one procure a bucket of thermite, exactly...
Repomancer
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
By law, videos like this one should end with a booming voice yelling "SCIENCE!"

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