Stuff blowing up is always exciting, right? Except when the tower you're blowing up falls in the wrong direction.

You know, a landing-on-live-power-lines-and-damaging-an-electrical-outhouse kind of direction that cuts off power to 4,000 homes. And did we mention there were kids nearby watching the event? Well, that too.

As you'll see from the footage below, the 83-foot Mad River Power Plant Tower in Springfield, Ohio, topples into live wires and sparks jolt out as the crowd members scream and run for their lives.

"It just started leaning the other way and I thought, Holy cow. It was terrifying for a little bit," fireman John Roeder said.

But why did it happen? It seems there was an undetected crack in the side of the tower, which forced it the wrong way. As for the town's blackout, it knocked out traffic lights and even caused a car accident.

Check out the shocking clip below.