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15th Aug '17 12:07:15 AM Spindriver
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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' traditionally has "neurofeedback" -- whenever a 'Mech suffers an ammunition explosion, the pilot's neurohelmet that's a critical part of the user interface (but isn't connected so much to the ammo bins as to the machine's ''gyroscope'', which can in turn take damage without causing any similar fuss) basically delivers an electric shock directly to their grey matter.

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* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' traditionally has "neurofeedback" -- whenever a 'Mech suffers an ammunition explosion, the pilot's neurohelmet that's neurohelmet, a critical part of the user interface (but one which isn't connected so much to the ammo bins as to the machine's ''gyroscope'', which can in turn take damage without causing any similar fuss) basically delivers an electric shock directly to their grey matter.



* PKE meters in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', when overloaded by psychic energy, explode quite spectacularly. Then again, so do overloading proton packs (which makes sense since they are portable '''nuclear accelerators''').
** Not to mention [[TheSmartGuy Egon's]] [[HomemadeInventions various inventions]].
*** He even manages to overload a calculator with an ''offensive football play'' that would not only collapse the defense, but possibly all known space as well.

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* PKE meters in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', when overloaded by psychic energy, explode quite spectacularly. Then again, so do overloading proton packs (which makes sense since they are portable '''nuclear accelerators''').
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accelerators'''). Not to mention [[TheSmartGuy Egon's]] [[HomemadeInventions various inventions]].
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inventions]]. He even manages to overload a calculator with an ''offensive football play'' that would not only collapse the defense, but possibly all known space as well.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Kn9JlXE5w A 12'000 volt transformer ignites]], 20 minutes of ImpressivePyrotechnics ensues.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42Kn9JlXE5w A 12'000 12,000 volt transformer ignites]], 20 minutes of ImpressivePyrotechnics ensues.
15th Aug '17 12:03:53 AM Spindriver
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** Cell phone batteries have also exploded, sometimes with [[http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10156393-71.html fatal results]].
*** On the topic of cell phones, the Galaxy Note 7's were infamous for this due to defective batteries and a thin layout.

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** Cell phone batteries have also exploded, sometimes with [[http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-10156393-71.html fatal results]].
*** On the topic of cell phones,
results]]; the Galaxy Note 7's were infamous for this due to defective batteries and a thin layout.



* The NASA Apollo 1 mission, where a spark believed to be caused by a faulty connection in one of the control panels caused a flash fire made worse by the pure oxygen atmosphere in the command module. Sadly, this resulted in the deaths of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
** Likewise, a faulty wire was responsible for the oxygen tank explosion on Apollo 13.

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* The NASA Apollo 1 mission, where a spark believed to be caused by a faulty connection in one of the control panels caused a flash fire made worse by the pure oxygen atmosphere in the command module. Sadly, this resulted in the deaths of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee.
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Chaffee. Likewise, a faulty wire was responsible for the oxygen tank explosion on Apollo 13.



* While not explosive, per say, old fuse boxes in homes (from the 90s and earlier) can be very dangerous. If a circuit is accidentally completed between two of the junctions, an arc flash will occur. These flashes have been know to vaporize the steel screwdrivers in the hands of the people working on the boxes. [[CaptainObvious You don't want to be near these flashes.]] This is yet another reason that the bottoms of screwdrivers are made out of non-conductive materials like plastic. If a circuit is completed by the screwdriver, the charge will just go through the steel and out to the other circuit instead of into the person's arm, saving their life.

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* While not explosive, per say, explosive ''per se'', old fuse boxes in homes (from the 90s '90s and earlier) can be very dangerous. If a circuit is accidentally completed between two of the junctions, an arc flash will occur. These flashes have been know to vaporize the steel screwdrivers in the hands of the people working on the boxes. [[CaptainObvious You don't want to be near these flashes.]] This is yet another reason that the bottoms of screwdrivers are made out of non-conductive materials like plastic. If a circuit is completed by the screwdriver, the charge will just go through the steel and out to the other circuit instead of into the person's arm, saving their life.
11th Aug '17 11:17:24 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Several years before the story of ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' started, a Neo-Egyptian Gundam and its pilot were destroyed when this trope took place in the cockpit. In the "present", the DG Cells take over the Gundam's remains and the pilot's corpse...
2nd Aug '17 3:17:17 PM Karatorian
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* Old fixed-frequency [=CRTs=] could also explode if driven too far outside the frequency they where built for. In some computer systems, it was possible to do this with software (if the video hardware had a wider operating range than the tube). Newer multi-frequncy [=CRTs=] have safeguards to prevent this (they don't work and may be damaged by exceeding their specs, but they don't explode).
21st May '17 2:00:57 PM HighCrate
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** [[GenreSavvy Weaponized]] in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] final episode, where [[spoiler:Gokai Red and Silver shoot up the BigBad's flagship and then pin him to the main console while it sprays sparks, fire, and electricity.]]

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** [[GenreSavvy Weaponized]] Weaponized in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] final episode, where [[spoiler:Gokai Red and Silver shoot up the BigBad's flagship and then pin him to the main console while it sprays sparks, fire, and electricity.]]
16th May '17 11:23:08 PM TheGreenHerring
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* Some early [[UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum Sinclair Research]] products using LED displays were so power-hungry that their batteries could overheat and blow up if the devices were left powered on too long. Most famously, the [[http://rk.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/calculators/executive.htm Sinclair Executive]], the world's first "slimline" pocket calculator, exploded in a Soviet diplomat's breast pocket, supposedly resulting in an official investigation revealing he'd forgotten to turn the blasted thing off. Of course, this flaw didn't stop the Executive from being a success. The [[ObviousBeta Sinclair Black Watch]], on the other hand...
16th May '17 11:19:26 PM TheGreenHerring
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* Some early [[UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum Sinclair Research]] products using LED displays were so power-hungry that their batteries could overheat and blow up if the devices were left powered on too long. Most famously, the [[http://rk.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/calculators/executive.htm Sinclair Executive]], the world's first "slimline" pocket calculator, exploded in a Soviet diplomat's breast pocket, supposedly resulting in an official investigation revealing he'd forgotten to turn the blasted thing off. Of course, this flaw didn't stop the Executive from being a success. The [[ObviousBeta Sinclair Black Watch]], on the other hand...
1st May '17 10:36:39 PM SullenFrog
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* Depending on the player’s choices in ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}} Mask of Arcadius'', [[spoiler:Ava Crescentia]] can be severely injured by an exploding console. [[spoiler:The sequel reveals that she survived, but she had to be fitted with a bionic eye and cutting-edge medical technology was needed to regrow her right arm.]]
5th Apr '17 3:56:40 PM john_e
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** The Sinclair Executive (one of the first pocket calculators) and the Sinclair Black Watch (one of the first digital watches) were prone to failures that would cause the batteries to overheat and explode. This nearly caused a diplomatic incident when one of the calculators exploded in a Russian diplomat's pocket.
4th Mar '17 10:26:12 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* The extra edition ''Anime/NarutoShippuden'' episode "The Directive to Take the Nine-Tails" begins with a scene straight out of Franchise/Frankenstein, with Orochimaru as the MadScientist doctor. The lightning strike used to bring his creature to life overloads the machines they're using and much exploding ensues.

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* The extra edition ''Anime/NarutoShippuden'' episode "The Directive to Take the Nine-Tails" begins with a scene straight out of Franchise/Frankenstein, Franchise/{{Frankenstein}}, with Orochimaru as the MadScientist doctor. The lightning strike used to bring his creature to life overloads the machines they're using and much exploding ensues.



* In FanFic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan, right after [[spoiler: Kallen]] starts developing superpowers, a DNA scanner explodes when trying to identify her identity. Justified later on, when Lightning explains that [[MagicVersusScience some kinds of magic react violently when examined too closely by science.]]

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* In FanFic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan, right after [[spoiler: Kallen]] [[spoiler:Kallen]] starts developing superpowers, a DNA scanner explodes when trying to identify her identity. Justified later on, when Lightning explains that [[MagicVersusScience some kinds of magic react violently when examined too closely by science.]]



** Happened in the [[spoiler: destruction of the Droid Control Ship by Anakin Skywalker]] in ''Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace''. This resulted in the deaths of all ship staff inside, including the Captain of the ship, who along with his fellow crew members were ''right in front of the computer'' when it malfunctioned and exploded as a result of the ship's destruction.

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** Happened in the [[spoiler: destruction [[spoiler:destruction of the Droid Control Ship by Anakin Skywalker]] in ''Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace''. This resulted in the deaths of all ship staff inside, including the Captain of the ship, who along with his fellow crew members were ''right in front of the computer'' when it malfunctioned and exploded as a result of the ship's destruction.
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