Could You Outrun an Explosion?

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Adult humans are frequently shown successfully outrunning explosions in action movies, but the likelihood of this successfully happening in real life is extremely low depending on the conditions. The shockwaves, fire and other harmful products of an explosion travel outwards very fast in all directions, and unless a person is extremely alert, very fast and already pretty far away from the explosion's epicenter, they probably won't be able to outrun it.

Explosions travel at speeds like 26,400 feet per second, which is a speed that even the fastest humans can't come close to besting. For example, Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, who has at various times been considered the fastest man on earth, usually maxes out at under 34 feet per second.