Watching a Car Explode in Slow Motion Is Utterly Beautiful

By Sam Gibbs on at

You've probably seen oodles of cars exploding in the movies, some maybe even in slow motion as the ultimate action hero slides buy unscathed. But have you ever stopped and looked at the beauty of the exploding parts? The shockwave, the fireball, the sheer force of the thing --it's almost poetic in its wanton destruction.

It's also the coolest school project I think I've ever seen. The video above is the produce of students from the National Film and Television School learning pyrotechnics. Taught by Richard Conway, who worked on films like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and 28 Days Later, the students used 15L of petrol and some detcord to create the movie-grade car destruction. Something tells me I went to the wrong school. [YouTube via Jalopnik]