What Happens When You Smash a Can of WD-40?

by Joey deVilla on June 26, 2008

Apparently, this:

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Jacquilynne June 26, 2008 at 10:04 am

That’s a really great example of the effectiveness of stop, drop and roll.

Anne Onimos June 26, 2008 at 11:22 am

. . . and of natural selection doing its thing. (Some intelligent design, huh?)

Joey deVilla June 26, 2008 at 11:34 am

I don’t think a WD-40 can would actually explode if hit, especially in light of the Mythbusters experiment in which they shot a propane tank and failed to blow it up, even with tracer rounds. It took a gatling gun with incendiary rounds to finally make the tank explode.

(Thankfully, shooting a propane tank in Gramd Theft Auto IV creates wonderful explosions.)

My co-worker Brian Layman points out that you can see that the can was already smoking. He suggests that it was an upside-down beer can filled with gasonline with a lit wad of paper on top. Any other guesses?

Luke Francl June 26, 2008 at 12:04 pm

It’s clearly on fire already, which is what causes the explosion, whatever it is in the can.

Some…friends…of mine once dropped can aerosol can of bug spray in a fire. It made a most satisfying explosion.

Luke Francl June 26, 2008 at 2:05 pm

As additional evidence for the gasoline theory, you can see a red gas can in the foreground when he falls over.

David Janes June 27, 2008 at 5:36 am

What’s really admirable is the guy with the camera: he has the true soul of a journalist. Even with his buddy in a ball a flame he makes sure keep that camera running.

dbs June 27, 2008 at 11:42 am

Yah, it’s obvious the can is on fire before it’s hit. He knew it would make a big kaboom, but maybe he didn’t realize it would get on his face and body.

ALso the cameraman is a good distance away.

Ther’es more to this video than we’re seeing… I’d be curious what the backstory is.

Charles Follymacher June 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm


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