Acetylene-filled balloons explode.
Balloon inflation machine - GIF
Motorcycle made from balloons - photo
Hitting a water-filled balloon with a baseball bat - GIF
Balloon popping machine - GIF
Making a jar lid from a balloon - GIF
Balloon lifted farm field irrigation - GIF
Balloon manufacturing GIF
First day of welding class in HS, our teacher taught us the difference between acetylene, oxygen, and combined, by filing a balloon with each, then touching each balloon with a red-hot welding rod
Oxygen went 'pop', acetylene was a nice quiet 'floop!' of yellow flame and floating soot. oxyacetylene...well our ears were still ringing fifteen minutes later...
Philip Davies (11-19-2019)
Hydrogen burns almost ultraviolet. Someone my wife knew (NOT ME) used to fill balloons with hydrogen and a bit of air, then fly them at night over a local large populated area with a time fuse. They would explode with barely any glow and created a mystery for years.
Possible "natural gas" as currently delivered by utilities. Depending on the mix you get, may be lighter than air.
I used to know someone (STILL NOT ME) who lived in the SW USA and would fill a roll of dry cleaning bag plastic (one long tube on a big spool) with natural gas that was lighter. Send it aloft at night with a time fuse (I'm detecting a pattern), with no air mixed in it would burn in a long flame. Many UFO reports. A local UFO group once asked him if he believed in UFOs, he said "sure! I'm responsible for most of your sightings".
He'd also do stuff like dump propane down into abandoned mine shafts and then from a safe (???) distance toss a flare in. Said the blast was "impressive".
natural gas and static electricity from the groups of balloons coming in contact with another group of balloons
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It makes me wonder what they were thinking when they decided to make a lot of explosive balloons.
It looks like the explosion was started by the one person with green balloons touching them against the lights. Luckily it does not look like anybody was injured even though none of the balloons survived.
Density of air at 20 C and 1 Bar, is between 1,1934 @ 0% RH and 1,2039 @ 100% RH
For most practical uses: ρ = 1,25 kg/m³
Ignition was probably caused from static electricity potential differences between the balloons and/ or their respective holders.
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