Monkeys, smart ones, figured out how to make a small container full of special poo give off a lot of heat and light all at once. Those same monkeys ignored how much extra poo it spread around.
This is, in keeping with my analogy, like starting with an M-80 in a diaper pail, working up to grenades in a 55 gallon drums, and finally setting off 500 lb. bombs in the settlement tanks at a sewage treatment plant.
Here is a time lapse animation of all the nuclear explosions since 1945. Most of them were open air explosions until the 1960s. Some of them were used in engineering projects in the Soviet Union. The rest were all weapons testing. This is one way we spread around the special poo. There were others. Some of them are worse than this. As you watch this, remember that there had to be factories and reactors to make the special explosive poo, process the poo, and shape the poo into the bomb cores. Those factories, whatever they were called, are all contaminated with poo, too. We’ll talk about those places next.
They weren’t just little blips, either. Each one looked like this.
When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.
–J. Robert Oppenheimer
h/t to the Adaptive Curmudgeon for the video link