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SpaceX's Starhopper rocket ship prototype launches on its first free flight near Boca Chica, Texas, on July 25, 2019.

Police sent explosion warnings to residents near SpaceX’s South Texas launch site ahead of an experimental rocket flight

Sheriffs gave a notice to residents of Boca Chica on Saturday that warns an "overpressure event" may break windows, so they should vacate their homes.
A nuclear blast from Operation Teapot in 1955 at the Nevada Test Site.

Yes, a physicist once lit his cigarette with a nuclear-bomb explosion. Here’s how it worked.

A popular Reddit thread about an "atomic cigarette lighter" seems true. In 1952, the physicist Ted Taylor used a nuclear blast to ignite his smoke.
A hover test of SpaceX's Dragon 2 capsule escape thrusters.

SpaceX confirmed that its Crew Dragon spaceship for NASA was ‘destroyed’ by a recent test. Here’s what we learned about the explosiv...

Hans Koenigsmann, a SpaceX vice president, gave details about a test "anomaly" that destroyed its Crew Dragon capsule, which is designed to fly NASA astronauts.
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A woman blew up her wedding dress to celebrate her divorce and the impact could be felt form miles away

A Texas woman bookended her 14-year marriage in the only way that felt appropriate to her: setting her wedding dress ablaze.
A 37-kiloton blast known as "Priscilla" explodes during an Operation Plumbbob nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site on June 24, 1957. The device was detonated from a balloon.

Hundreds of never-before-seen nuclear blast videos show terrifying explosions in the ocean and Nevada desert

The US government detonated hundreds of above-ground nuclear explosions from 1945 to 1963 — until the first nuclear test-ban treaty was signed. Now a team has rescued thousands of classified films that were kept in high-security storage.
The Death Star II explodes into smithereens.

Scientists say the Ewoks in ‘Star Wars’ should have suffered a gruesome fate when the Death Star exploded

The Death Star meets its final doom in "Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi," the epic conclusion to the original trilogy. But what happens to the Ewoks?
The mushroom cloud of the Castle Bravo nuclear test of March 1, 1954.

Newly declassified videos of Cold War atomic blasts reveal the terrifying power of nuclear weapons

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has declassified, scanned, and uploaded even more Cold War nuclear explosion films to YouTube.
A Falcon 9 rocket uses its nine Merlin engines to launch a satellite into space on July 5, 2017.

SpaceX’s next-generation rocket engine blew up during a key test

SpaceX's Texas facility was testing an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket engine when it exploded on its stand, inflicting damage that will take weeks to repair.
An illustration of a nuclear bomb exploding in a city.

This nuclear-explosion simulator shows where radioactive fallout would go using today’s weather

Nukemap lets you simulate nuclear explosions on an interactive map. A new version of the tool uses real-time weather to estimate radioactive fallout zones.