Why Did This River Just Blow Up? The Answer May Surprise You

When you need to blow up a river, you have several choices. Now, you have to watch decide which explosive they settled on.

When this video was first posted, they tried to say that it was a lightning strike, but right off the bat, you can tell that it is an explosive charge of some kind.

There are a several choices being debated so check out the short video and then we'll explore of couple of them.

Here's the explosive video:

Some folks said right away that it was Det Cord (detonation cord) and others were sure that it was shock tube. First look at this screenshot:


Detonation cord comes under the trademarks of Cordex and Primacord to name a few. Prima cord for instance is used to "create explosive effects and build reliable explosive charges. It is initiated with military or commercial blasting caps of No. 8 or No. 12 strength, or via other stimuli, detonating along its entire length at a velocity of approximately 23,000 feet (7,000 meters) per second for near instantaneous results."

Shock tube detonator on the other hand is sold under the trademark Nonel. Wikipedia describes it as, "a non-electric explosive fuze or initiator in the form of small-diameter hollow plastic tubing used to transport an initiating signal to an explosive charge"

It looks like some kind of electric charge can be seen in the screenshot so then it must be shock tube connected to a Det cord right? Or is it shock tube alone? Or just Det cord?? I just like to watch explosions, you guys are the experts. What do you think?