In case for some bizarre reason you missed it, on Thursday the U.S. dropped the ‘mother of all bombs’ on a sequence of so-called Islamic State caves in Afghanistan.
The bomb, which weighs a mind-numbing 21,000lbs and contains 11 tonnes of explosives, was dropped on Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.
What makes the ‘mother of all bombs’, or the GBU-43 as it’s technically known, so destructive is the fact that it detonates before reaching the ground, resulting in an enormous blast radius, according to the Daily Mail.
As you can probably imagine, such a gargantuan weapon can be seen and heard for miles around and now dozens of civilians living close by have revealed what it was like.
Shah Wali, 46, who lives in Goor Gari, nine miles from the border with Nangarhar, said:
I was sleeping when we heard a loud explosion. It was an ear-splitting blast. I jumped from my bed and came out of my home to see what has gone wrong in our village.
Mufti Khan, a resident of Achin in Nangarhar, said:
The whole house was shaking. When I came out of my house I saw a large fire and the whole area was burning.
But they didn’t only describe the blast, one local even expressed his opinion on the bomb being dropped.
Mohammad Hakim explained:
We are very happy and these kinds of bombs should be used in future as well, so Daesh is rooted out from here.
They killed our women, youths and elders sitting them on mines. We also ask the Kabul government to use even stronger weapons against them.
Mohammad Shahzadah, who was in a nearby village, said:
The earth felt like a boat in a storm. I thought my house was being bombed. Last year a drone strike targeted a house next to mine, but this time it felt like the heavens were falling.
The children and women were very scared.
The world sure is in a scary place at the minute.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.