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I thought my face was going to melt off.



I was in the front row during this explosion extravaganza.

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. and SCARY!

I thought my face was going to melt off.

Basically, it was a huge mushroom cloud for all I could see, enveloping up, over my head and in every direction. I was thinking it was a dramatic way to go.


Crude Awakening, by Dan Das Mann, Karen Cusolito, Black Rock FX, Mark

Perez, Pyrokinetics, Nate Smith and MonkeyBoy


Crude Awakening Arises at Burning Man


...At its climax, four different containers at each corner of the tower will shoot a total of 900 gallons of jet fuel (given away by NASA as unusable for its purposes, Das Mann says) to engulf the top of the structure in a huge fireball.


Seconds later up the center of the derrick, 2,000 gallons of liquid propane in a pipeline stretching out to the derrick's right will shoot out at once through a remote-control 5-inch pneumatic ball valve. The piece's creators figure this should create a 1,000-foot-high column of flame.


The detonation of the piece will create 2.4 gigawatts of energy, which Das Mann and Cusolito say is enough to "power the entire Bay Area for one minute...


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Taken on September 1, 2007