Let's face it, there are few things more entertaining (on the most puerile level, of course) than watching people blow stuff up. The Discovery Channel
has long been aware of this burning human need, which is why they show stuff like MythBusters
But even MythBusters
only features explosions sporadically. For those who need more -- more blowups, give us more, more! -- the network is going directly for the hard stuff: The Detonators
, which premieres next Wednesday night and stars Missouri's very own Dr. Paul Worsey
, a professor of mining engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology
(formerly the University of Missouri at Rolla).
The premise of The Detonators
is simple, yet satisfying. Each week, Worsey and his co-host and former student Dr. Braden Lusk
will travel the world blowing stuff up.
Or, in the words of the official show description on the Discovery Channel's website:
Join explosives experts Dr. Braden Lusk and Dr. Paul Worsey
for a backstage pass to the world's biggest and toughest demolition
jobs. From urban skyscrapers and massive steel bridges to giant
stadiums and towering cranes, you'll meet the highly-skilled blasters
who can bring down any structure with pinpoint accuracy. Using special
sacrifice cameras and high-speed camera technology, our experts will
give you a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how demolition specialists
take down engineering giants with the push of a button.
The premiere episode features the destruction of two harbor cranes in Liverpool, England, and a pair of giant bridge towers in Corpus Christi, Texas. In future episodes, the detonators will blow up office buildings and a former resort in Bermuda.
"It's been a lot of work, but a lot of fun," Worsey says. "We have a unique explosives engineering program at
S&T, and this series will give viewers a glimpse of the technology
behind blowing stuff up."
Worsey is back in Rolla now, training more impressionable young engineers in the fine art of blowing stuff up and preparing for the this year's edition of his popular Summer Explosives Camp
for high school students. Note to concerned parents: He is also teaching a course in mine safety.