Detonating Nitroglycerine In Slow Motion

Jem Stansfield of Bang Goes The Theory shows what detonating nitroglycerine looks like when filmed in slow motion.

Jem Stansfield visits the Defence Academy of the UK in order to make the dangerous high explosive nitroglycerine. Filmed in extreme slo-mo for the first time ever for ‘Explosions: How we Shook the World’, just a hit with a hammer is enough to cause this sensitive high explosive to detonate – creating a supersonic shockwave and a flash of light that is almost too fast to film, even with the latest specialist cameras.