History’s Biggest Non-Nuclear Explosions

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Our modern, sophisticated understanding of explosions has been a long time in the making. From the Chinese to the Arabs to the Greeks, nearly every empire has contributed its fair share to the art of blowing things up. However, it’s only in the recent few decades that we’ve truly gained almost complete mastery over it. We now deploy explosives to change landscape, level entire buildings, and – of course – wage even deadlier wars.

In the spirit of gauging how powerful explosions have gotten over time, we’re counting down the largest explosions ever recorded in history. Of course, we’ll leave out all the nuclear tests and the two atomic bombs used in WW2 to level the playing field.


This is an encore of one of our previous lists, as presented by our YouTube host Simon Whistler. Read the full list!


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