Dashcam video was released today showing the moment Police officers arrived at a Texas home before the house exploded into a fireball injuring 5 people just 12 miles outside of Fort Worth. “I just remember a big heat wave and something kind of pushing me from the side,” Officer Travis Hiser told FOX4 news. “There was shrapnel coming out of the house. The roof explodes, insulation was coming out. Things were coming out on fire.” Three family members were at home during the explosion and are in the hospital.
“Great work by Officer Hiser, Corporal Tooker and the rest of the team who assisted at this incident. We are incredibly thankful that the victims are stable and expected to recover.” 40 year old Arnulfo Castro who was driving the SUV that crashed into the home with out a license claimed that his brakes went out and he lost control. He has been arrested and charged with driving without a license.
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An explosion is a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner, usually with the generation of high temperatures and the release of gases. Supersonic explosions created by high explosives are known as detonations and travel via supersonic shock waves. Subsonic explosions are created by low explosives through a slower burning process known as deflagration. When caused by a human-made device such as an exploding rocket or firework, the audible component of an explosion is referred to as its “report” (which can also be used as a verb, e.g., “the rocket reported loudly upon impact”).
Explosions can occur in nature. Most natural explosions arise from volcanic processes of various sorts. Explosive volcanic eruptions occur when magma rising from below has much-dissolved gas in it; the reduction of pressure as the magma rises causes the gas to bubble out of solution, resulting in a rapid increase in volume. Explosions also occur as a result of impact events and in phenomena such as hydrothermal explosions (also due to volcanic processes). Explosions can also occur outside of Earth in the universe in events such as supernova. Explosions frequently occur during bushfires in eucalyptus forests where the volatile oils in the tree tops suddenly combust.
Among the largest known explosions in the universe are supernovae, which results when a star explodes from the sudden starting or stopping of nuclear fusion, and gamma ray bursts, whose nature is still in some dispute. Solar flares are an example of common explosion on the Sun, and presumably on most other stars as well. The energy source for solar flare activity comes from the tangling of magnetic field lines resulting from the rotation of the Sun’s conductive plasma. Another type of large astronomical explosion occurs when a very large meteoroid or an asteroid impacts the surface of another object, such as a planet.
The most common artificial explosives are chemical explosives, usually involving a rapid and violent oxidation reaction that produces large amounts of hot gas. Gunpowder was the first explosive to be discovered and put to use. Other notable early developments in chemical explosive technology were Frederick Augustus Abel’s development of nitrocellulose in 1865 and Alfred Nobel’s invention of dynamite in 1866. Chemical explosions (both intentional and accidental) are often initiated by an electric spark or flame. Accidental explosions may occur in fuel tanks, rocket engines, etc.