Have You Seen This? 5K+ black snakes lit simultaneously

Posted July 13, 2016

‘MERICA — While in theory, the Fourth of July is an all-inclusive day for Americans and any other freedom-loving folk, some people are not so fond of the accompanying pyrotechnics.

For fear of burnt fingers, some people are nervous about holding sparklers, and heaven forbid a spinning firework flower or fountain doo-dad actually erupts, showering one’s driveway with patriotic colored bits of chemically compounded bits of shiny death.

Ok, so maybe it’s just me that doesn’t love fireworks.

What I did like as a young, easily startled little girl, were the little black snakes. For those who don’t know, snakes are small, coin-sized pellets that smoke and expand to create a large ash trail that looks like a small snake, giving it its name. I created my fair share of black pockmarks on my parent’s Darling Street curb watching the snakes smoke and fizzle in a slow but satisfying manner.

So imagine my surprise when I stumbled on an experiment where YouTube user Adam Snoza decided to light more than 5,000 snakes on fire simultaneously.

According to the video description, the project involved 18 cases of product, meaning 864 packages or approximately 5,184 individual snakes. Wowzer. Snoza wrote that it took seven hours to construct, which I’m assuming includes making the wooden box and then stacking all the nickel-sized disks on top of each other. Lots and lots of stacking.

The result is literally a slow burn, as an Empire State building-like monolith rises from the flames and grows slowly until it collapses under its own weight, much like the doomed Titanic.


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