Another dry ice bomb went off Monday at LAX. But what is a dry ice bomb?

Three more dry ice bombs were found Monday night at Los Angeles International Airport, police said.

A police source told me one exploded while two others did not. The incident happened on the ramp near Gate 148 of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at about 8:20 p.m.

A similar incident happened Sunday night at LAX’s Terminal 2.

Perhaps you’re wondering what I wondered. What is a dry ice bomb?

The website did a nice job of explaining that in a recent post.

A dry-ice bomb is made with dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, which freezes at minus 109 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 78 Celsius)

Making a dry-ice bomb is a fairly simple process: A container is partially filled with water and dry ice pellets are dropped into the container, which is then tightly sealed. As the dry ice sublimates into a gas, it expands and exerts pressure on the container, which eventually bursts.


Here’s a video of a blast. Fast forward to the 1 minute, 20 second point to see the action.

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