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Ka Boom2 - for Greg Don't Do This At Home Kids! Don't You Adults Try It Either!

Posted on the 01 December 2011 by Mikeb302000
I think, given this video, that KSTP made a reasonably accurate use of the words highly explosive in referencing black powder in a pipe bomb.  Because a picture is worth a thousand words, and these moving pictures are worth even more, I will let them refute Greg Camp's assessment, and support Democommie's explanation.
This is just a sampling of the videos available on youtube of black powder bomb explosions.  It appears to be a popular activity, and there can be absolutely no question whatsoever, after viewing these videos, that under the right conditions - and there appear to be many different versions of that - black powder is explosive; it does go Ka-Boom very convincingly.  (Be sure to scroll down to the end.)
Consider this a public service to educate the educator.
You just have to love youtube and the 'interwebs'.  Hope you all enjoyed the Mikeb blog video of stupid guys getting their rocks off doing stupid things - HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE things -  with black powder. 
I'll be looking forward to the explanations of why these videos do not show black powder EXPLOSIONS, by the usual definitions of the term.
For those of you not familiar with the usual definitions of the word explosion, in addition to the video definitions of the term, I am pleased to provide the definition from for clarification:


[ik-sploh-zhuhKa Boom2 - for Greg Don't Do This At Home Kids! Don't You Adults Try It Either!n] Ka Boom2 - for Greg Don't Do This At Home Kids! Don't You Adults Try It Either!  noun 1. an act or instance of exploding;  a violent expansion or bursting with noise, as of gunpowder or a boiler ( opposed to implosion). 2. the noise itself: The loud explosion woke them. 3. a violent outburst, as of laughter or anger. 4. a sudden, rapid, or great increase: a population explosion. 5. the burning of the mixture of fuel and air in an internal-combustion engine.

and the word explode, also from


[ik-splohd] verb, -plod·ed, -plod·ing. verb (used without object) 1. to expand with force and noise because of rapid chemical change or decomposition, as gunpowder or nitroglycerine ( opposed to implode). 2. to burst, fly into pieces, or break up violently with a loud report, as a boiler from excessive pressure of steam.
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