Carbide (CaC2) is used in the Netherlands and Belgium for a traditional custom called "Carbidschieten" (Shooting Carbide). To create an explosion, carbide and water are put in a milk churn with a lid. Ignition is usually done with a torch or firecracker. Some villages in the Netherlands fire multiple milk churns in a row as a New Year's Eve tradition. The old tradition comes from the old pagan religion to chase off (bad) spirits.
Picture was taken with a long exposure. At the time of the explosion (with a huge bang) the guy behind the Milk churn was long gone. Same goes for the small fire at his feet. The fire was there, when he was not.
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Photo taken in 8384 Wilhelminaoord, The Netherlands
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