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Explosion video phantom light?

  1. Apr 10, 2009 #1
    Frames from the latest MythBusters episode, an explosion where they fuse some plates together.
    You can see the phantom flash high above the explosion place.

    What is it?
    It appears to be in a right place for a lens flare, but doesn't look like one.

    mb-0701-1.jpg
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    mb-0701-3.jpg
    mb-0701-4.jpg
     
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  3. Apr 10, 2009 #2

    Danger

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    All that I can think of right off the top of my head is that maybe some combustible gas was ejected upward and ignited.
     
  4. Apr 10, 2009 #3

    russ_watters

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    Could it just be a lens flare?
     
  5. Apr 10, 2009 #4
    Seems like it - it's in a right place.
    Just wanted to know if it could be something else.
     
  6. Apr 10, 2009 #5

    russ_watters

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    Oops, lol, I skimmed your post and missed the last sentence where you said that, sorry.
     
  7. Apr 10, 2009 #6

    Danger

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    Hey, I just noticed something. Part of that is already there before the explosion, and persists in the last frame. It's a bit more apparent in the second-last one. It's a right-bracket shaped discolouration directly above (touching) the right-hand dark brown section of the building.
     
  8. Apr 11, 2009 #7

    Borek

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    Some kind of reflection to me, either inside the lens (so lens flare), or perhaps camera was hidden behind some kind of glass.
     
  9. Apr 11, 2009 #8

    Danger

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    I hadn't considered that, Borek, but you might be right on that last point. The Mythbusters tend to shelter behind clear ballistic panels when blowing things up.
     
  10. Apr 11, 2009 #9

    LURCH

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    I believe that is a stretch of dirt road going up the hill behind the structure.
     
  11. Apr 11, 2009 #10

    Danger

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    That's possible, of course, but it's pink. The way what it blends into the 'flare' is flawless.
     
  12. Apr 11, 2009 #11

    Borek

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    Differences between first frame and next ones:

    mythb_explo1.jpg

    mythb_explo2.jpg

    mythb_explo3.jpg

    Looks like shockwave shaking camera on the third frame :smile:
     
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2009
  13. Apr 11, 2009 #12

    Danger

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    Holy crap! It's the Great Pumpkin!
     
  14. Apr 16, 2009 #13
    Pumpkin of doom! That's pretty neat, I've never noticed that before.
     
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