This Explosion Was So Damn Close That the Shockwave Dusted Off Some Marines

These Marines are absolutely nuts. Seriously. Expand this stunning photograph to see the too-close-for-comfort explosion's shockwave blowing off the dust from their uniforms. It's like in the movies but like, you know, for real.

Fortunately, there was no danger. Besides having something exploding right on your face, I mean. The Marines in the photo—from the Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit—were detonating an expedient charge during a multilateral training exercise on May 14. [Flickr]

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein