We expect certain things to explode or combust. We gather to watch exploding fireworks, watch in awe as old sports stadiums are imploded, and we depend on the military to deploy bombs to keep us safe. Our cars are powered by internal-combustion engines (OK, before you electric-car lovers beg to differ, you plug your cars into an electric grid still powered largely by another combustible energy source, coal). And we realize that rarely, explosive elements we use every day can cause unexpected destruction, as when natural gas explosions level homes.
This is a story about stuff you didn’t realize is explosive. Sure, you’ve probably seen the YouTube video of people dropping a popular candy in a soft drink and creating a rocket-like explosion. So we’ll skip that angle and present another five items you didn’t realize were explosive or combustible.