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Club Explodes Pumpkin – COD’s Chemistry Bonding Club holds their 2nd annual Pumpkin Explosion event

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Professor Peacy along with the help of Professor Lubna Haque did a few experiements at the event, one including “Elephant’s Toothpaste.” Photo by London Summers.

Chemistry Bonding Club has been around since Dec. of 2009 and was formed

by a group of enthusiastic students who were curious by science and the

combination of chemicals to create fun and entertaining experiments.

The students created the name of the club when they were studying chemistry

bonding in class and before they had a real club, they would get together and chat

about the things they wanted to try.

They later realized, by hanging out and

collaborating, this was also bonding and came up with the Chemistry Bonding


This is the second year in a row where the group has decided to present the pumpkin explosion, due to the heavy interest from students and faculty. Chemistry Professor Bill (William) Peacy, advisor along with Lubna Haque, Jeff Trautmann, and Gary Roby enjoys doing this experiment often and if it continues to be a hit, the club will do it again next year and in the following years.

The primary focus of this presentation is to show the fun side and the cool

Effects of chemistry, commented advisor Haque, who helped the club begin back in


No one needs science backgrounds to go to the events Chemistry Bonding Club holds. The group welcomes anyone and is always open to new ideas.

Peacy, a 20 year veteran to the demonstration, kicked off the event immediately with a startling hydrogen balloon bomb.

The audience had no idea he was going to do this within a few minutes after he started talking but it was a way to grab everyone’s attention.

The second part of the presentation was something Peacy and the club call

Elephant’s Toothpaste.

He used soap, hydrogen peroxide (in a concentration

that can’t be found in pharmacies), and another un-named substance to quickly

release large amounts of steam and foam out of a carved pumpkin.

Finally, the anticipated pumpkin explosion began. He took a so-called “settling gas” along with an un-named substance to create an astonishing eruption.

The pumpkin used was hallowed out (if not there would be gooey pumpkin guts

everywhere) and the explosion popped out the carved face.

“Talk about a quick way to carve a pumpkin,” joked Peacy.

The presentation was ended with the “mystery water glow” where Peacy held a black light to a bottle of tonic water to show everyone what an interesting color

that water became. He also held the black light to a regular bottle of water

for people to see that there was no colorful reaction.

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