Airbag explosion in a microwave
Microwave door is blown clean off by inflating car airbagYouTube/The Slow Mo Guys

We're all told how airbags can deploy at up to 200 miles per hour, and that getting hit in the face by one is somewhat unpleasant. But how much force is there behind one when it deploys, and more importantly, what happens when you put one in a microwave?

Obviously, this is not something to be tried at home. But thankfully The Slow Mo Guys YouTube channel has done exactly that, placing an airbag into a microwave, retreating to a safe distance, and filming the explosion at 2,000 frames per second with a high-speed camera.

Adding two petal wires to act as "jump leads" is the only modification YouTubers Gavin Free and Dan Gruchy, who run The Slow Mo Guys channel, made to the airbag. It was then placed into a microwave, which was switched on from a safe distance.

A fraction of a second later, the airbag deployed, blowing the door clean off, across a garden and into a fence.

The rest of the microwave was blown backwards off a table, its metal frame bent out of shape by the force of the explosion.

The explosion was filmed using a Phantom Flex 4K high-speed camera which can shoot at up to 2,500 frames per second and costs around £115,000.

The pair's YouTube channel has over 9.5 million subscribers, with their most popular slow-motion videos including shooting a gun underwater, playing tennis with jelly, user a Tazer, and a CD shattering at 170,000 frames per second.

Clearly, it should go without saying that you really shouldn't try this at home.