Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), "Tanker"
There are many explosions in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, but none crescendos with more bombast than the tanker blast at the end of the movie. An enormous and complicated practical explosion this even more remarkable given that it remains fully in-tact in the final film -- only extra vehicles, a foreground Tom Hardy on a pole and some surrounding hills were added in with visual effects.
The powerful blast, orchestrated by veterans Andy Williams (Black Hawk Down), Dan Oliver (The Matrix Revolutions), and their effects team, took place during filming in the Namibian desert, where a remote controlled tractor-trailer was driven along at 50 mph. Reading like a list of ingredients for a cake, the explosion was made up of 1360 litres of fuel, 96 detonators, 280 meters of primer cord, five kilograms of black powder, and two kilograms of flash powder. It took three days to set up the effect.