explode - blow up
When a bomb explodes, it bursts loudly and with great force, often causing a lot of damage.
A bomb had exploded in the next street.
You can say that someone explodes a bomb.
They exploded a nuclear device.
However, if someone destroys a building with a bomb, don't say that they ‘explode’ the building. You say that they blow it up.
He was going to blow the place up.