Video: How Movie Explosion Magic Is Made

While I appreciate romantic comedies, I’d much prefer action movies with lots of explosions. I think it probably started with the 70s TV show CHiPS. Seems that every other episode Ponch or Jon were in some sort of danger that ended with colossal explosions and near-death experiences. I was always so curious how they got things to blow up right at the perfect time with the optimal intensity without actually killing anyone.

Well, leave it to the folks at the American Chemical Society to answer yet another one of my questions via their Reactions video series. This short video exposes the chemistry behind the big bangs.

Traci-bio-photo.jpgTraci Purdum is Chemical Processing’s senior digital editor and fan of corny 70s television and a whole lot of Hollywood explosion magic. You can email her at