This is the story of the first woman who did bomb disposal for the military:
More important, she was captivated by the job from the first moment she plugged a blasting cap into a block of TNT. We can really blow things up? she recalled thinking, as if she was getting away with something. She could put explosives on anything — a pile of old land mines, cardboard boxes, a wooden table — and it would cease to exist and “turn into air.” It was a revelation.
Fascinating to read about. Still not something I would have volunteered for. Much better to write about fictional characters and fictional explosives! Much safer, too.