Why do nuclear bombs explode mid air?

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I’ve always wondered why only nuclear bombs detonate before hitting the ground and not the actual moment of impact. Does it affect the amount of damage? or does it reduce nuclear waste and radiation?

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The air is very good at transferring energy, and the ground is great at absorbing it. The blastwave of heat and wind will travel much farther and do a lot more damage if it starts high in the air.

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