Tenses confuse me a bit, because of past, present, future, past-perfect and such; however, no word confuses me as much as 'explode'. Things can explode, but can things BE exploded? Or, to rephrase: Can the word 'explode' be used as a synonym for 'blew up'? "I exploded my neighbor's house." I am under the impression that it can, but I know not where I heard it. Incidentally: If it cannot be used in such a manner, then what word can? I cannot think of any word that is synonymous with 'blew up'.