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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dumb TV Alert!

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 2:01 PM

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.

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