Having gotten as clear as they believed necessary, there was a noticeable pause.
Where was the earth-shattering kaboom?
They started to get up - the explosives would be excellent salvage, as would the robot itself.
A metallic voice started speak again
"Connection restored. Re.."
The blast knocked them all down like bowling pins, shrapnel whizzing down the hallway above them, passing close, though they couldn't hear anything.
No one was hurt, though Elvis had a major headache, and it was several minutes before their ears stopped ringing and sound returned. The air was thick with dust that had been disturbed by the blast.