‘Reactions’ Looks at the Science Behind the Pyrotechnics That Power Blockbuster Movie Explosions

The latest episode of the American Chemical Society series Reactions looks at the science behind the pyrotechnics that power big-budget blockbuster movie explosions, including the chemical compounds behind gunpowder and dynamite.

If there’s one man in Hollywood that knows the value of chemistry, it’s Michael Bay. He’s taught society that in the face of a half-baked plot and thin script, big budget explosions can save your box office bacon.