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Intentional ActPlay
Detonate often implies a deliberate action to trigger an explosion. SlideThe demolition team successfully detonated the old building.
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High EnergyPlay
The word emphasizes a powerful, energetic release, not a small pop. SlideThe fireworks are designed to detonate with a brilliant display.
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Sudden EventPlay
Detonating suggests a rapid, often unexpected occurrence. SlideAn accident at the site caused the chemicals to detonate.