The Detonators

About the show

Whether it's urban skyscrapers, massive steel bridges or giant stadiums, explosives experts Dr. Braden Lusk and Dr. Paul Worsey can bring down any structure with pinpoint accuracy. With the use of high-speed camera technology, viewers get a unique, behind-the-scenes look at how these demolition specialists crumble engineering giants with the push of a button.


Upcoming episodes

Oct 19th

Corpus Christie

Explosive experts Dr. Braden Lusk and Dr. Paul Worsey travel the globe to see how the biggest demolitions are done-- and how they could be done better. In this episode, Braden visits the blast sites of two steel structures: one, a pair of bridge towers in Corpus Christie, Texas; the second, two harbor cranes in Liverpool, England. Both blasts run the risk of blocking the channel with blast debris, but Braden is particularly concerned about the one in Corpus Christie. Because the back legs of the bridge towers have not been pre-weakened, there is a chance that the blast won’t go according to plan.
Oct 19th

Coral Gables

Explosives expert Dr. Braden Lusk takes us to the heart of Coral Gables, Florida - home to the historic Ponce De Leon Towers. Built in the 1970s, this former office building was the town's tallest building, and now it's slated for an explosive demolition. The building was constructed out of concrete and steel, two heavy-duty materials that react very differently to explosives. Veteran blaster Jim Redyke is faced with the challenge of getting both the concrete core and the steel frame to topple simultaneously, and in the same direction. With pedestrian traffic and other buildings in close proximity, Jim doesn't want any surprises when he pushes the button. But as he'll see, not all blasts go off according to plan.
Oct 19th


Explosives experts Dr. Braden Lusk and Dr. Paul Worsey show us how demolition blasters bring down urban buildings with unprecedented accuracy. First, Braden travels to Glasgow, Scotland, where blasters are using a computerized detonation system to blast a pair of high-rise towers. Not only are the two buildings extremely tall, but they are right across the street from other, vital buildings that the city does not want damaged. At the test lab, Paul and Braden examine how blaster Jim Redyke is taking down an old hotel in downtown Birmingham, Alabama with a mix of explosives. When a building is in the middle of a busy downtown area, blasters have to be precise to avoid disaster.
Oct 20th


Every now and then, demolition crews face a structure that's so hazardous blasting it down is the only safe option. Explosives experts Dr. Braden Lusk and Dr. Paul Worsey take us behind the scenes at the blasts of two structures that just can't be brought down with a wrecking ball. Braden goes to Bermuda, where blasters attempt to implode a huge former beach resort. Built to withstand hurricanes, this massive concrete building is hiding a dangerous demolition hazard within its walls. Then Paul shows us a towering industrial chimney in the Netherlands that requires the special skills of a blast crew to bring it down to the ground safely. When blasters go up against high-risk structures, explosive precision is critical, because failure can mean damaging nearby businesses and homes.