Not so much the celestial dazzling burst kind of fireworks -- you'll get plenty of those this weekend regardless -- but a serious investigation of what exactly happens when you stick firecrackers in, for instance, a jar of mayonnaise. The Phantom, which is typically used for everything from super slow-motion sports instant replays to manufacturing processes to military flight tests, captures it all in scintillating, elegant slow motion.
Stay tuned for our in-depth look at the workings of the Phantom camera and much more high-speed video in the coming weeks. But for now, let's explode some Jell-O. Happy Fourth of July!Video edited by Nate DeYoung
And by popular demand, some unedited clips of our favorite explosions: