As the press slams down on the lit sparklers, the sparks are scattered in a spectacular display.
Up next, the hydraulic press does its worst to glow sticks. Unlike with the sparklers, all the press does to the glow sticks is make a big mess of the liquid inside -- a mixture of dibutyl phthalate, hydrogen peroxide and phenyl oxalate ester.
This is probably a good time for an important reminder: Don't try this at home. However, for those interested in knowing the minutiae of the video production, the slow motion scenes were filmed with a Chronos 1.4 high-speed camera.