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Space and Physics

Watch What Happens When You Shoot Potassium Bullets Into Water

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Dr. Alfredo Carpineti

Senior Staff Writer & Space Correspondent

clockMay 11 2016, 14:31 UTC
286 Watch What Happens When You Shoot Potassium Bullets Into Water
The sodium bullet entering the water tank. The Backyard Scientis via Youtube

We always think that water is the perfect way to quench fires and to cool down metals, but that’s not always true, because water doesn’t deal so well with all the elements. When alkali metals like sodium and potassium mix with water, they produce quite an explosive reaction, which can sometimes ignite the water itself.

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That happens simply by throwing the metals in water, but what would happen if you loaded a bullet with them and then shoot it at water? Well, The Backyard Scientist decided to find out.

He filled some soft shell bullets with sodium, potassium, and a liquid mixture of potassium and sodium, and looked at how they compare to normal lead bullets.

You can see their spectacular differences in the video below.

 

 


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