Put a high-speed camera in the hands of almost anyone, and the first thing they film is likely to be an explosion. It is fun watching a watermelon explode into thousands of micro-sized pieces in slow motion. However, the use of high-speed imaging to view and analyze explosives is serious business at the Colorado School of Mines. Understanding the best way to apply explosives to accomplish an objective is an area of continuous research and the results benefit industries ranging from construction to mining to defense.