The 300-Year-Old Exploding Hammer Tradition of Mexico

  • Published on Apr 30, 2019
  • In San Juan de la Vega, Mexico, there is an annual festival celebrating San Juanito, a Robin Hood figure. Like any other festival, there are prayers, parades, and an abundance of food, but this celebration is accompanied by a unique activity: detonating homemade explosives with hammers.
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Comments • 609

  • luis rodriguez
    luis rodriguez 15 days ago

    Y’all need to have it in English people don’t got time to read subtitles :/

  • Query Delacroix
    Query Delacroix 20 days ago

    6:48 - There were eight of them before the last clip.

  • Cássio Martins
    Cássio Martins 25 days ago

    lindo 11:30

  • Khaleesi Romaerys
    Khaleesi Romaerys 27 days ago

    Mexico is really a badass country.

  • Dude22 Bro
    Dude22 Bro Month ago

    Hell yehhhhhhh sign me up amigo

  • Remik z
    Remik z Month ago

    we got a guy thats gonna need stitches but will see him right back here

  • Matthias Konold
    Matthias Konold Month ago +1

    Wait for New year on Germany

  • Gracie marie
    Gracie marie Month ago

    This seems so fun to do!

  • Bryan Sawicki
    Bryan Sawicki Month ago

    You know it shouldn't be a race to read this crap. Should be able to take your calm sweet time to read and look at the show. What a shitty producer or whatever. I can read fast as hell and this was a little to fast idiots.

  • travis11
    travis11 Month ago

    11:28 is when it starts

  • Shadowgaming
    Shadowgaming Month ago

    Wich song is that at 11:34

  • A.B.
    A.B. Month ago +5

    You didn't mention that its a competition too! And the fact that they are using speciall6 designed hammmers that can handle the impact. Its Simple, F=MA

  • safal Tulsyan
    safal Tulsyan Month ago

    Happy Diwali

  • Shemar Collier
    Shemar Collier Month ago +1

    Teach a Mexican chemistry 😂 won’t disappoint

  • Shemar Collier
    Shemar Collier Month ago

    The airport checks your hands for explosives 😂 good luck getting yo booty checked at TSA

  • more2me100
    more2me100 Month ago

    In the whole video I didn't see at least one woman detonating a hammer. I wonder if thats part of the tradition

  • Ready Reckoner
    Ready Reckoner Month ago

    Of course I would try it. What are you, a dummy or something?

  • Ready Reckoner
    Ready Reckoner Month ago

    This is time well spent. We would never try to invade a country built by people who work all the time to make their communities nice, we cry out; give it to the browns, give it to the browns, this is time well spent. -ancient Mexican folk song from festival of San Juanito.

  • Ready Reckoner
    Ready Reckoner Month ago

    We meet each other for detonations. It’s what we do. I felt it in my balls.

  • thersten
    thersten Month ago

    Something is seriously wrong with Mexicans.

  • Em & m
    Em & m Month ago

    It's really interesting that there were only males doing the detonating hammers. I wonder why?

  • Chadley Broseph
    Chadley Broseph Month ago

    my man at 0:13 shooting smoke rings damn

  • jesse termeer
    jesse termeer 2 months ago

    So fucking stupid to mix sulpher and chlorates... Then mix chlorates and aluminium powder and ignite is with some red phosfor and chlorate. This way it can never explode to soon. Sorry for bad english im from dutch and im 15

  • Mr. Smith
    Mr. Smith 2 months ago

    A la verga doesn't mean holy shit it means to the cock aka suck my dick 🤣🤣

  • fred flintstone
    fred flintstone 2 months ago +1

    Stump remover

  • ThE_JDM_F8N BO1
    ThE_JDM_F8N BO1 2 months ago +3

    9:24 deadass looks like something out of The Purge even with the guy with a gun and flag

  • Mutton Rolls
    Mutton Rolls 2 months ago

    English titles but Spanish video, why couldn't the reporter at least speak English

  • Fearless & Far
    Fearless & Far 2 months ago +6

    When I made a vlog about this couple years ago, I saw someone blow their thumb clean off their body.
    He stared at his hand for a second, shrugged, and walked to the ambulance. Bet he never got that thumb back.
    Mexicans are tough as nails 🔥🇲🇽

  • Killer Dog
    Killer Dog 2 months ago

    Killing floor

  • 0m3n
    0m3n 2 months ago +4

    that old grandma is so sweet. reminds me of my grandma

  • nottacop
    nottacop 2 months ago

    I wonder how often these guys swing the hammers at each other... I'd pay to see that.

  • thomas yshay
    thomas yshay 2 months ago +1

    any one knows the name of the music in 7:00?

  • LaMGrande420 Midwestmexicano

    Yo me trueno alos jotos en saltillo coahuila

  • Denis Robert
    Denis Robert 2 months ago

    Religion is mental....

  • TRC Exotic
    TRC Exotic 2 months ago

    lol got a vice ad on a vice video

    NOWhERE 2 months ago

    Man, who cares this shitty mexican stuff

  • Şqųąņçho MçPøņçho

    Tradition is for retards

  • NoRCaLx707
    NoRCaLx707 2 months ago

    Wheres the new stuff

  • MaBallzItch
    MaBallzItch 2 months ago

    Gotta love Tradition

  • Uta
    Uta 2 months ago

    so no one saw the smoke ring from the hammer 0:36 ?

  • Jimbo Jones
    Jimbo Jones 2 months ago

    Snowflake millenial pussies will insist its changed to a rubber plunger.

  • Kenney Chappuis
    Kenney Chappuis 2 months ago

    Very interesting thank you for bringing this to us. I can see why a outsider would be nervous

  • Tex O’Donnell
    Tex O’Donnell 2 months ago

    Who else notice the smoke ring in the intro

  • Keith Currams
    Keith Currams 2 months ago

    That long shot @ 9:20 , unreal timing

  • sselfless
    sselfless 2 months ago

    13:12 best part

  • sselfless
    sselfless 2 months ago

    You know shockwaves cause major brain damage right? Oh, don't

  • sselfless
    sselfless 2 months ago

    Pretty dumb tradition

  • Dylan G
    Dylan G 2 months ago

    A: Sir, i demand satisfaction *(slaps with glove), choose the weapons
    B: exploding hammers
    A: what?

  • Talon Brown
    Talon Brown 2 months ago +1

    That song at 6:48 was blissful

  • Deez Nuts
    Deez Nuts 2 months ago

    Drunk Mexicans and fireworks is always a party until someone gets blown up.

  • Queen of Lust
    Queen of Lust 2 months ago

    thats the real coco

    THE KEKRONOMICON 2 months ago

    Wtf does exploding hammers have to do with some thief that got hanged? Did a first grader write this?

  • Braappy McBraapface
    Braappy McBraapface 2 months ago

    *THAT'S* how they'll get through the wall!

  • Dirk Diggler
    Dirk Diggler 2 months ago +1

    *They do it in honor of THOR!*

  • Abishai Jesh
    Abishai Jesh 2 months ago

    CRAZY!!! Lol

  • Andrey Bachtiar
    Andrey Bachtiar 2 months ago +1

    I heard symphony of hunter x hunter soundtrack 😅😅

  • Justice Warrior
    Justice Warrior 2 months ago +1

    Why the heck did they blured some girls faces??

  • peds
    peds 2 months ago

    why they even censored kids face? is this illegal for kids?

  • Victor Mora
    Victor Mora 2 months ago +1

    I been to a place in uruapan where theres like a fair with rides,and when its about 8 pm everyone lines up on the sides and leave the middle space open, then someone carrying a bull made of fireworks runs down the middle space and the fireworks from the bull pop, the fireworks jump around the ground and chase people and they pop on your legs so u got protect yourself in a way, th

  • Illusion&Reality
    Illusion&Reality 2 months ago +4

    I live on the next town in Celaya... Been there several times, but violence there, is horrible.
    And never knew about this traditions. Thanks Vice

  • Andi San
    Andi San 2 months ago

    A good way to blow out your ear drums and go deaf. Bravo 😂

  • The Puppet Of Everything
    The Puppet Of Everything 2 months ago +1

    We sure spend a lot of time practicing culture. The less there is to do the more culture is practiced.

  • metalstalin
    metalstalin 2 months ago


  • pedro Pascual
    pedro Pascual 2 months ago

    Aprende algo THOR!!!!

  • Patrick Bingman
    Patrick Bingman 2 months ago

    Fuck yall for not showing the big ass one explode lmao

  • Floral
    Floral 2 months ago

    So this is how clouds are made

  • Kubanakan Taino
    Kubanakan Taino 2 months ago

    Am I the only one who noticed a bunch of blurred faces? What for?

  • Arif Azizie
    Arif Azizie 2 months ago

    Viva la muerte.

  • All School TV
    All School TV 2 months ago

    In india its called gandhi bandook

  • Vinder Resual
    Vinder Resual 2 months ago

    11:30 the beauty of

  • LA Resident
    LA Resident 2 months ago

    That place is so fucking boring lol i try to avoid it any time I’m in Mexico lol

  • 4umata
    4umata 2 months ago

    Martillos con petardos son peligroso? Es claro que no estas visitando Valencia en el tiempo de las fallas! :D

  • Th3TearCollector
    Th3TearCollector 2 months ago

    awesome hobby;D hahaha

  • PolarAce LordDeth
    PolarAce LordDeth 2 months ago

    The intro scared the shit outta me

  • Emily Villa
    Emily Villa 2 months ago

    This is how latinos are tho...we just do it! Nada nos asusta!

  • Seb Clax
    Seb Clax 2 months ago

    the guy at 9:45 had a damn gun

  • Sublime_ 392
    Sublime_ 392 2 months ago

    Why the fuck is the vice guy speaking Spanish is the vice Spaniard? And talking to fast the subutltles move every other second geez

  • Travis McCalgan
    Travis McCalgan 2 months ago

    So Vice gone back to doing horseshit stories and lazy as fuck reporting.

  • TotallyRandom
    TotallyRandom 2 months ago

    Doing that in the USA and I'll get shot back lol

  • J D
    J D 2 months ago

    If anyones reading this here's a fun fact: I was amazed how Philippines and Mexicos similarity while watching these given that I am a Filipino, 1. both country called these celebration of a patron saint "fiestas"
    2. both have those colorful thingies that hang above the streets called "banderitas'
    3. People from those town old and young drunk or sober that celebrate a fiesta walking the streets dancing accompanied by marching bands.
    4. Mostly every house cooked a lot of food for their visitor across neighboring towns.
    5. Lots of drunk people walking the streets lots of firework and some brawls here and there.
    The only difference is the volume of people. Here in the Philippines during fiestas people pour in the streets as in there's no place for vehicles and you walk the street sideways because of the traffic of people.

  • SC Fulmer
    SC Fulmer 2 months ago

    What is the celebration’s purpose?
    - for Saint Juantito
    *not a real saint*
    Where did this tradition start?
    - we don’t know
    *it comes from thieves who would rob (wealthier) people by gun point and hammers*
    Are people worried about their safety?
    -no, we don’t think it’s that dangerous
    *876 injuries, over last 5yrs*

    • Daniel H
      Daniel H 2 months ago

      1.We dont need authorization from the church whose rich yet poverty rate is in an all time high.
      2.Privilaged people will never understand. Thieves who fed more people than the colony created by Eurpeans.
      3.Those numbers are accidents of fireworks throughtout all of Mexico. Not just this specific festivity. Lol
      Coming from a group of people who celebrate Thanksgiving every year, the genocide of native americans and the theft of native land. 😒😒😒 People who celebrate a big fat guy dressed in red. I could go on but nah lmao

  • Andrew Hoover
    Andrew Hoover 2 months ago

    They're exploding bombs in the streets and they still don't have pot holes like we do in Michigan

  • Domzdream
    Domzdream 2 months ago

    This totally looks like the safest thing to do.

  • Justin Official
    Justin Official 2 months ago

    Pffft you should see the guys who shoot the ground with shotguns

  • Mark Aguilar
    Mark Aguilar 2 months ago

    Imagine being hit by an explosive hammer in the nuts...

  • xS1M0N
    xS1M0N 2 months ago

    I can do that all day

  • adam gould
    adam gould 2 months ago


  • Rolando munoz
    Rolando munoz 2 months ago

    Song at 6:50 ?

  • Organic OG FarmzZ
    Organic OG FarmzZ 2 months ago


  • Angelica M.
    Angelica M. 2 months ago

    Excellent video. Well done😊

  • anonymous buoy
    anonymous buoy 2 months ago

    She looks like Coco grandma

  • Lil Mao
    Lil Mao 2 months ago

    Really great editing, keep it up Vice!

  • cmz8706
    cmz8706 2 months ago

    religion, bro. weird shit, bra

  • Capt. Sum Ting Wong
    Capt. Sum Ting Wong 2 months ago +1

    A town full of deaf people

  • огромная эрекция

    So this is what they do when they aren't screwing donkeys.

  • astrobangbang
    astrobangbang 2 months ago

    Algo hermoso

  • John Willis
    John Willis 2 months ago

    Look up fails on these hammer bombs lol

  • 2020 PURGE
    2020 PURGE 2 months ago

    what if hit in la cabeza? will he died

  • Jose Sanchez
    Jose Sanchez 2 months ago

    This remembers me of The Purge

  • What’sitsay
    What’sitsay 2 months ago

    @0:14 - 0:16 nice smoke ring!