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Explosions can be devastating but they’re also incredibly cool.

Whether it’s the thundering boom you hear in the distance or the bright light that steadily intensifies in the sky, there are few things in the world that can stop us in our tracks like watching something burst in a symphony of smoke and flame. It’s simply too powerful to ignore.

Take fireworks for example. We know it’s awesome to watch them light up a night sky, but have you ever seen 5,000 pounds of them go off–all at once?! You can thank the New York Police Department for this one:


If you’ve ever wondered how tsunamis are created, get ready for an interesting science lesson. A controlled explosion in a rock quarry created a tidal wave that comes rushing directly towards the camera. Hold on tight!


While explosions are super cool, implosions are an experience of their own. Rather than blasting everything outward, implosions absorb the debris like a black hole. Just watch what happens to this building in Detroit:

You can’t move mountains, right? We’ve all heard the age-old expression. Mountains are massive, stone structures, seemingly unmovable to us tiny humans. But you know what? Pack a few bombs at their base, and we’ll not only move the mountains, we’ll turn ’em into rubble:


There’s another popular expression you’ve probably heard: Don’t burn bridges. And it’s true: Why set fire to something when you could blow it to smithereens instead? Efficiency is key when dismantling relationships—er, bridges:


We mentioned earlier that explosions are “incredibly cool,” so what better way to celebrate a birthday then by turning your own farm into a blast-filled battlefield? Yee-haw!


These detonations don’t always have to be such volatile, eardrum-breaking experiences though. Sometimes, explosions can actually seem-dare we say-peaceful. Just check out this chain reaction of multicoloured bursts triggered by a lightning strike:


Have you ever seen a car with hydraulics? No matter how high they might’ve made that car bounce around, it won’t compare to this guy’s sweet ride. We hope the driver has a good insurance policy:


The Amway Arena seen below was home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic for over 20 years. But apparently the team’s spell wasn’t powerful enough to trump the greatest magic trick of all: an explosion. Where’s your hocus pocus now, Orlando?