The Exploding Hammer Festival, or “Fiesta del Martillos Explosivos” in Spanish, is an annual festival in San Juan de la Vega, Guanajuato, Mexico. Every February 28th, hundreds of people visit this small little town in central Mexico to see locals strap homemade explosives to sledgehammers, and then slam then into the ground.
The explosions are huge, and injuries are very common. It’s a strange festival, and one of the most dangerous in the entire world.
This particular day is to celebrate San Juan Bautista (John the Baptist) which the town was named after. No one can remember exactly how this wild tradition started, but the locals do remember that the exploding hammers used to be part of a parade. Those who participated would follow the parade in the honour of the saint, blasting the hammers to celebrate. After a lot of damage to windows, people, and cars… they moved the hammers out into a field. Here, hundreds of men can detonate their explosives slightly more safely. Their choice of location still left me confused however, as it was a field of loose rock. Projectiles were flying everywhere.
For adventure travel vloggers like myself, it’s the perfect place to be able to film all the action. There were very few rules about anything. I was so happy that I brought my GoPro to this event. (I had almost left it behind in fear that the blasts would destroy it.) We captured some great POV video of the locals and their explosions
Something we learned today: A GoPro can survive an exploding hammer.
We spent a lot of our time in the beautiful city of Celaya, which is nearby the festival. Highly recommend you check it out. The tourism board there went to great lengths to help us get the best video possible of the event! They rock. Thanks guys!
Hope you enjoy this video. I stayed up all night to edit it. I love getting these crazy festival videos up ASAP after they happen. I still have adrenaline in my system! Enjoy the Boom!