Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Sandcastles Get Blown To Bits In New Series

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Most sandcastles slowly and gently disappear thanks to the ebb and flow of the ocean waves – but why wait for nature when you can blow the suckers up?

That’s sort of the premise behind a new Discovery Channel special called Sand Blasters, airing this Sunday (Mar. 12).

The show features eight teams of sculptors who spent hours building sand masterpieces only to have some of them randomly blown up with explosives.

The show’s co-host Vanessa Vander Pluym says the blasts varied greatly based on the shape of the sculpture, from sand going straight up to “a radial thing where it burped outward.”

Vander Pluym admits it wasn’t easy for the sculptors to let go of their creations and that there were some tears.

But after the sand sculptures were blown up, each team still had a shot at 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes or the Best Recovery award if they came up with something spectacular in the remaining amount of time.

Vander Pluym says of working under such pressure: “It’s a skill.”

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