"You're going to light it on fire with a Duracell battery." So begins an epic photoshoot created by science filmmakers Rob Nelson and Jonas Stenstrom.
If you ever had an urge to make it rain pretty fire, apparently all you need is a steel wool-filled whisk on a chain, a pedestrian bridge, and one brave model. Oh, and that battery.
RELATED: Top 10 Google Map Adventures of 2015: Photos
Nelson and Stenstrom, who head up the award-winning science video group Untamed Science, set out to make one heck of a photo. They go to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C., with biologist and Untamed Science host Haley Chamberlain Nelson. Although the center's course features whitewater, the water gets drained from underneath a bridge so the team can set up.
The guys don heavy duty gloves and protective eyewear before demonstrating that fluffed up steel wool shoved into a metal whisk can be lit with the touch of a battery -- from the hand that's not holding the whisk. As soon as it gets dark, they set up their camera on a tripod and have Haley hold an umbrella underneath the bridge. Then they take the whisks attached to chains and spin them around.
The effect ends up being a real version of the spark rain coming down on Rihanna for her "Umbrella" video. Fun fact: That song came out nearly 10 years ago.
RELATED: Insane Rocket-Powered Firework Windmill Ignited
Living in Colorado, I quickly discovered that residents really love their fireworks. For days around July 4, backyards and parking lots play host to all kinds of amateur displays. It's enough to keep local firefighters super busy.
As cool as that fire rain photoshoot looked, my sincere hope is that it doesn't become a giant trend. There's a reason those guys are wearing so much protective stuff. I'm happy leaving pyrotechnics to the pros. Watch how the Untamed Science team hit on the right setup here: