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Boom Balloons – Let’s Piss Off Those Neighbors

So “The King Of Random”, AKA Grant Thompson has graced us with yet another amazing idea and video. Boom Balloons. That’s right, balloons that float around harmlessly, then explode. And explode loudly. These Boom Balloons are actually pretty simple to make. Just fill a big ass balloon with HHO GAS, tie some sort of fuse to the bottom, and let it float away. After this check out this claw machine one gun store installed full of AR-15 parts. Be sure to follow Man Stuff on Google+.

Boom Balloons – Video


This video is only for entertainment purposes. It should probably not be attempted, and if you rely on the information portrayed in this video, you assume the responsibility for the results, including injuries or even death that you may inflict on yourself, or others. HHO gas is very explosive, and can be set off with static electricity, meaning you could set it off just by touching it. Use extreme caution. Have fun, but always think ahead, and remember that every project you try is at YOUR OWN RISK.

Project History & More Info:

I tried filling up a balloon with HHO gas from the generator I made in a previous project, and was astounded when I tied it off, and it floated up to the ceiling. This sparked an idea, and I’m sure you can guess what it was!

Since Hydrogen is lighter than air, it only made sense that a balloon filled with 2 parts Hydrogen and 1 part Oxygen would float similar to a Helium balloon. However, while Helium is inert and non-flammable, the difference with these balloons would be that they’d explode!! ..Theoretically anyway 🙂

I thought it would be fun to tie a fuse to the bottom of the balloon, to imitate a little ribbon dangling down, then light it and see if it would sail away.

Of course the bigger I filled the balloons, the more energetically they would rise upward. In fact some balloons went so high and so fast, that we couldn’t capture them on camera.

You can tell by the sound of the reports, that these balloons pack a powerful explosion. The noise could be heard reverberating around the neighborhood, and sounded like large ariel fireworks going off.

We did this experiment on the 4th of July, because while most of our neighbors are awesome and supportive of these experiments, the ones right behind us have a history of cowardly calling the police when they hear a bang from our house, instead of calling us directly to see what the noise was about.

I figured there was no way they could be justified complaining about arial explosions on the 4th of July .. so everyone was happy.

I have seen pictures of accidents where someone filled balloons with oxy-acetylene gas and accidentally set them off with static electricity and blew their truck apart. While I haven’t experienced that effect myself, I am encouraged to use as much caution possible, to avoid a trip to the hospital.

Again, I’m not suggesting this is something you should try, but if you do it anyway, make sure you use EXTREME caution, and be prepared for the police to show up 🙂

I do promise to show exactly how I made these boom balloons in a future project video, so stick around for some more crazy mad science :)” Via – Grant Thompson – “The King of Random”


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