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Wax bombs, how do they work?

  1. Mar 16, 2007 #1
    I remember playing with these things when I was small and today I happened to stumble upon this page describing how to recreate what I had done. However, I never actually figured out why it works and my memory is a bit fuzzy since it's been so long since I tried doing it again. So if you know how it works, please explain it. Basically, I don't understand why you would get a huge flame when you pour water on the burning wax?

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  3. Mar 17, 2007 #2


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    water is converted to steam with great increase of volume. Increased volume atomizes molten wax, still burning, causing significant.... effect.

    You'll put your eye out.
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