Just what does it take to make nitroglycerin go off? (VIDEO)

YouTube science channel Cody’s Lab– probably unwisely– decided to test setting off small amounts of nitrated glycerol with everything from a hammer to a .22LR.

Brewing his own nitro (not recommended), he gets some loud “cracks” when hitting the heat/pressure-sensitive liquid with a maul on an anvil and blows apart a cheap knife along with part of his fingertip before moving on to a Marlin Model 60.

The first shot was unimpressive, but the second and third made up for it.