Technical Question: Does anyone really think that this NVR was actually blown to smithereens as portrayed in the video?
I don't and here are the reasons why..
Where's the body? Surely the whole NVR was not vaporized. IMHO, even if it was stuffed with explosives, a steel frame of that size would likely leave several large pieces. But if it did, why weren't they shown? When we blow something up we like to look at it after, to feel satisfaction right?
When exactly were the explosives placed inside the NVR? You don't want to shoot at something with explosives in it, right? And once the case is riddled with large caliber holes and slugs, you probably will have a hard time opening it. Even if you are able to pry it open and put the explosives in it, you are never going to get it to close back up and have all the seams meet and screws fit, right? Yet that is the apparent condition of the case pre-detonation.
Where exactly was the explosion itself? For some unexplained reason, (movie style DOF shot?), we are obscured from seeing the ground where the NVR is rested because of grass. Either this is intentional or EOS does not know how to frame a shot. Blame it on the producer if you must, but the fact is that ground zero is purposefully obscured, and this is a big no-no in documenting explosions.
Why does the 'explosion' appear to show the cardboard box top going straight up in the air with the remote? This is unlikely to happen if the NVR resting against it side were to explode.
My conclusion: The explosives were placed underneath the cardboard box, which was stuffed with various pieces of scrapnel placed to enhance the visual effect of the explosion. The box blew-up, the NVR blew-over and the grass hid it all.
Why would they lie? (i.e. Why would they make seem like they blew it up if they didn't?). Duh...
P.S. This is all IMHO. I never blew anything up with explosives. I only know what I do from watching a couple hundred explosion videos on youtube. I ask anyone with any training or knowledge or even a strong opinion to please tell us what they think happened...