When engineer Mark Rober got his packages stolen, he turned to the police for help.
"If anyone was going to make a revenge. package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me", said Rober, who spent nine years with NASA.
Ex-NASA engineer and YouTuber Mark Rober has a common problem: thieves are stealing his Amazon packages right from his front porch.
The box contained a Global Positioning System locator and accelerometer that triggered the phones to start recording when the box was moved, and when opened, released the glitter along with an automatic can of "fart spray".
Rober also emphasized the "glitter bomb" was not for sale, but merely a project "to get people pumped about science and engineering and education", like the others on his YouTube channel.
Rober says, "So the idea is that the bad guy comes and takes it off your porch, then lifts the lid and these two limit switches tell the circuit board brain inside that the lid's been removed, and then that sets everything in motion".
The glitter was in a cup that spun round on a motor when released as the box was opened.
As the thief opens the package, wires are tripped that cause the motor inside to start spinning, covering those nearby in glitter.
He said he created the bomb to explode when thieves tried to take packages off his porch.
Though some online have wondered whether Rober hired actors, he insisted all of the recorded footage was of actual package thieves. To make sure he got their reactions on camera, he rigged the box with a Global Positioning System tracker, multiple phones with video cameras - and fart spray.
We also love that the creator chose a particularly amusing return address: the McAllister home from "Home Alone".