• Question: have u ever made anthing blow up

    Asked by nathanf1 to Julia on 10 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by dny8, daidai, blazingwhatyahhmean12.
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      Julia Griffen answered on 10 Jun 2011:

      haha… I get asked this question so much!

      I guess its because chemistry is associated with whizz bangs and wallops!

      As of yet I haven’t made anything explode… And to be honest I don want to. why?…

      Explosions are generally caused when reactions run away, get too hot too quickly and are therefore out of control. This is of course a major safety hazzard!

      We don’t want explosions we want safe controlled chemistry. Doesn’t sound to fun. But I dont want my hands blown off!!!
      I guess the only type of chemist that actually wants an explosion is a Pyrotechnict – they make fireworks!

      Thanks – Good question! 🙂