In this fascinating experiment, liquid oxygen is poured from a thermos into a metal container and then a piece of hot charcoal is dropped into the container. What happens next is something you probably wouldn’t expect…unless you are a chemist. Continue reading to see why.

In commerce, liquid oxygen is classified as an industrial gas and is widely used for industrial and medical purposes. Liquid oxygen is obtained from the oxygen found naturally in air by fractional distillation in a cryogenic air separation plant. Liquid oxygen is a common liquid oxidizer propellant for spacecraft rocket applications, usually in combination with liquid hydrogen or kerosene.