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Yes, both claims appear to be true The NYT reports: ...using a 20,000-pound bomb that cost $16 million, and more than $300 million to develop... Business Insider: But the number heavily cited across social media, $314 million, was how much the US military paid for 20 such bombs, technically called the Massive Ordnance Air Blast. A lot of reputable ...


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This post on a Dutch IT forum may shed some light on this matter. This guy seems to access to some facts about the M67 hand grenade, as well as the Cobra 6 [not Cobra 80] firework: De M67 hand granaat die op dit moment gebruikt wordt door verschillende landen (waaronder de US) heeft een kruit inhoud van 180 gram. Dat kruit bestaat uit 39.4% TNT en 59.5% RDX....


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Yes, tanks of gasoline can explode, given the right conditions. The Quebec town of lac Megantic was recently flattened by a number of huge explosions from derailed cars carrying light crude. (And not big-flamey-Hollywood explosions but kill-hundreds-of-people explosions). One of the reasons given for the explosions was that the "oil was more volatile than ...


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Gasoline needs to be combined with an oxidizing compound, such as oxygen in air to explode. Gasoline vapors mixed with the correct amount of air will explode. At atmospheric pressure and room temperature (except for a spark), gasoline/air mixtures will explode if the percent by volume gasoline is between 1.2% and 7.1%. See https://www.mathesongas.com/...


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There's a lot of missing information. How much dynamite? What type of glass and how thick and how was it framed? What type of bronze is the crucifix made of? And I have no idea about the accuracy of what details are given. But I can make some general comments why no miracle is necessary. Commercial dynamite is not a particularly powerful explosive. There's ...


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As you note, the flammability limit requires a mix of fuel and oxygen (mostly oxygen) in order to have a fire, and that means that there's only two ways in which this can happen, and neither really fit your scenario: The container actually has to be almost empty so that it's filled with a mixture of a lot of air, and a very small amount of fuel, most of it ...


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