The Museum of Food and Drink might not be quite ready to open, but it's already off to an incendiary start. Last week, members of the still-in-development museum dedicated to all things edible, tested out their grain-puffing cannon in a warehouse in Brooklyn. The turn of the 20th century cannon, which made puffed cereals like Kix, will be the focal piece of the museum's Breakfast Cereal exhibit when the doors finally open.

Popular Science was on hand for the inaugural cereal explosion, and captured photos and videos of the big moment. The process involves uncooked grains of rice, water, tons of steam pressure, and a very satisfying whack with a metal cudgel.

For those who enjoyed mixing Mentos and Diet Coke, this video is for you: