Liquid Nitrogen Explosions – Flying Trash Cans Prompt Visitors
They say practice makes perfect. So, we were practicing for an upcoming live performance by setting off liquid nitrogen trash can explosions in our parking lot… and a few visitors showed up. We might have upset our neighbors.
Let’s start by saying, “Don’t try this at home… or anywhere for that matter.” The explosion is the biggest I’ve seen (outside of some military training!). Our good friends down at the Oklahoma Science Center do this demo as part of their Science LIVE show and it’s great. The demo team down at the Arizona Science Center shared their version of the liquid nitrogen explosion by covering the soda bottle with a trash can. When bottle blows, the trash can takes flight… much to the amusement of the kids.
You might be wondering how this kind of thing fits into a normal work day. The word “normal” is probably arguable, but it does happen. Several weeks ago, I was asked by the Colorado Rockies and 9News to help them kick off their first annual Science Day at Coors Field. The organizers want Kathy Sabine from 9News and I to do some weather related science experiments for about 5,000 kids. “Make it big” was my marching order. Since it’s not often that you get a chance to use an entire baseball field to do a few science demos, we thought why not?
I had visions of possibly getting to ride in the police car on my way to county jail. I’m thankful the police were understanding. I asked, “If I were to do something like this again, should I call you first?” All three officers looked at me and said, “YES!”