"Some people like baseball, others like math – I just like to set off bombs," said Brandon Meadows. "I figure here, learning how to do it properly is better than messing around with it at home, right?"
Meadows is one of 20 teenage campers enrolled in a weeklong explosion camp in the Missouri Ozarks. At the camp, high school students from as far away as Egypt and Hawaii shoot dynamite, TNT and plastic explosives.
During his week at camp, Niels Zussblatt, a teen from St. Louis, helped blast a rock from deep in a mine, obliterated a watermelon, cut steel beams and set off a "wall of fire."
One of his favorites?
"Blowing up the chicken was good," he said. "It flew – forced bits of chicken guts to fly like 40 to 50 feet."
Before completing the chicken explosion, Zussblatt heeded his professor's warning: When you are looking at the explosion, do not have your mouth open.
Thursday, June 28
Maybe not the brightest idea in the world, for a whole bunch of reasons: teaching teenagers from around the world how to blow shit up.