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Sodium in Water Explosion

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This is an explosion resulting from adding about 3 pounds of sodium to water.

This is an explosion resulting from adding about 3 pounds of sodium to water. The reaction between sodium and water produces sodium hydroxide and heat. There can be an explosion of sodium metal and corrosive sodium hydroxide solution.

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The reaction between sodium and water makes for an excellent chemistry demonstration, but the amount of sodium used for the demonstration should not exceed a piece of metal about the size of a pencil eraser. The reaction does not scale up well; an explosion may result if too much sodium is used.

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