Emmett Lee Dickinson celebrated exploding trees in his now-classic poem "I raked the Woods" (below on the left). Dickinson's poem inspired third cousin Emily to pen her poem "I robbed the Woods" (below on the right).
By Emmett Lee Dickinson:
I raked the Woods –
The rustling Woods.
The oft neglected Trees
Bore out their Burs and mosses
Their arsenal of leaves.
I scanned their triggers curious –
I gasped – Away I strode –
When will the deadly Hemlock –
When will the Oak explode?
By Emily Dickinson:
I robbed the Woods –
The trusting Woods.
The unsuspecting Trees
Brought out their Burs and mosses
My fantasy to please.
I scanned their trinkets curious –
I grasped – I bore away –
What will the solemn Hemlock –
What will the Oak tree say?
10. A Sweet Acacia Tree exploded in 1853 in Gnadenhutten, OH, and burned over half of the state to the ground.
9. A Bonsai tree caused more than a small fire in 1972 when several Bosai trees exploded and destroyed a miniature Christmas Tree farm in Bread Loaf, VT
8. In 1923, a Shagbark Hickory tree exploded near Boggy Creek in the Sulfur River Wildlife Area near Fouke, Arkansas., and destroyed acres of swampland.
7 A Brazilian Pepper Tree exploded in Okahumpka, FL, in 1898 incinerated over a dozen towns.
6. Mesquite trees exploded in 1936 in Wagon Mound, Texas, and burned the entire town to the ground. After the fire, the town changed its name to Notrees.
5. In 1954, a White Stinkwood tree exploded in Klanton, North Carolina, and burned Klan camps across most of the western part of the space.
4 In 1903, a Jamaican Dogwood exploded and wiped out the town of Shamong, NJ.
3. A Bristlecone Hemlock exploded in 1947 and destroyed thousands of acres of the Squam Lakes Natural area near Lempster, NH.
2. In 1986, a Black Ash exploded in Pinch Gut Holler, WV, and destroyed over 500 trailer homes.
1. An exploding Gopherwood tree in 1879 destroyed the town of Bonetraill, ND, and burned hundreds of thousands of acres of prairie in North and South Dakota.