Visit the Stanley Discovery Museum to see a photo of all the dust and smoke as a result of this explosion
At 3:00 pm on 12 December 1892 an attempt was made to blow up the Nut. Elaborate preparations were made to evacuate the residents of Stanley to Neck Fence and ensure all homes and buildings had their windows open.
The purpose of blowing out a significant portion of the Nut was to secure enough material for a breakwater directly below to protect a new wharf.
At 45 metres above sea level, a tunnel was excavated to about 12 metres deep at the end of which a cross chamber was driven for a distance of 20 metres.
After the completion of the excavation, no less than 2,000 kilograms of dynamite was placed in various pockets in the chamber.
It was anticipated that the explosion would remove a mass of granite leaving a large concaved shape opening. However, as soon as the dust settled, it was realised that the explosion was a complete failure.
At various vantage points where crowds had gathered to behold such a grand event, groans of disappointment could be heard as they watched sand, stones and equipment belch out of the opening.
The engineers should have known that the Nut, having defied the assault of the elements for tens of thousands of years was not likely to be disturbed by their puny efforts to strike a chip of it. 
 The Story of a Landmark, 17 November 1954, Circular Head Chronicle p. 5