Meet the 1626 AD Explosion in Beijing, one of the largest and most lethal explosions ever, and the exact cause hasn’t yet been determined. Body parts and animals rained down from the sky. Everything within 3-14 miles was utterly obliterated. The explosion was about equal to the Hiroshima bombing.

Wanggongchang Explosion

The Wanggongchang Explosion (Chinese: 王恭廠大爆炸), also known as the Great Tianqi Explosion (天啟大爆炸), Wanggongchang Calamity (王恭廠之變) or Beijing Explosive Incident in Late Ming (晚明北京爆炸事件), was an unexplained catastrophic explosion that occurred on May 30, 1626 AD during the late reign of Tianqi Emperor, at the heavily populated Ming China capital Beijing, and had reportedly killed around 20,000 people. The nature of the explosion is still unclear to this day, as it is estimated to have released energy equivalent to about 10-20 kiloton of TNT, similar to that of the Hiroshima bombing.

History

Background

The Wanggongchang Armory was located about 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) southwest of the Forbidden City, in modern-day central Xicheng Dis… Continue Reading (8 minute read)

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  1. Pile_of_Walthers

    The epicenter of the explosion was the Wanggongchang Armory, one of the six gunpowder factories administered by the Ministry of Works in the Beijing area, and also one of the main storage facilities of armors, firearms, bows, ammunitions and gunpowders

    You know what, I have a theory about this mysterious explosion.

  2. DengaGrad

    We all know it was a kid with a firecracker dropping it down a sewer system

  3. bighootenannies

    Probably a gender reveal party

  4. MorgothReturns

    I say it was a time traveler with a nuke that went off after he was mugged for his futuristic shoelaces.

  5. MasterFubar

    > it is estimated to have released energy equivalent to about 10-20 kiloton of TNT

    I’d like to see a detailed account of how they estimated that. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

  6. Sir-Vicks-the-Wet

    Likely an asteroid impact.

  7. Connectikatie

    Shaggy used 50% of his power

  8. ReSolidified

    It could’ve been a cavern loaded with gas that came in content with a flame somehow.

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