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Peter Petrelli explodes high above New York, NY

First mentioned: Genesis
Date of event: November 8, 2006
Location: New York, NY

A massive explosion occurs in the skies above New York, NY on November 8th, 2006.



While under the influence of heroin, Isaac Mendez paints a gigantic painting of a massive explosion directly on the floor of his apartment.

Don't Look Back

Five weeks in the future, Hiro Nakamura goes to Isaac's apartment, but finds the artist dead, an apparent victim of Sylar. When police arrive and question him about Isaac's death, he witnesses the same massive explosion Isaac's painting had predicted, but manages to jump back to the past before the blast hits.

Graphic Novel:The Crane

Hiro, Detective Furakowa and another NYPD detective watch the explosion in New York City. Hiro narrowly averts being caught in the explosion by teleporting himself back to Tokyo.

Seven Minutes to Midnight

In the secret facility within Primatech Paper Co. in Odessa, TX, Mr. Bennet has Eden McCain persuade Isaac Mendez to use heroin and produce another painting.


Isaac's new painting shows an exploding figure. Mr. Bennet deems it worthless in his hunt for Sylar.


Peter Petrelli has a vision of Manhattan, which seems to be deserted except for some other evolved humans, who are all at the scene. They are all looking at Peter strangely, and something is wrong. Peter then starts to glow, as if he is about to explode, resembling Isaac's painting.


Hiro and Ando time travel to Charles Deveaux's rooftop in New York City. They look over the destroyed city. Hiro laments they have failed to stop the explosion. There is some traffic in the streets, and construction has begun on a number of skyscrapers within the area of devastation. Some buildings remain unscathed.


Linderman talks to Nathan about the explosion, saying that it will unite the world under a common goal. He justifies the massive death toll by explaining that only .07% of the world's population will be killed.

Graphic Novel:String Theory

Future Hiro remembers that Sylar was the bomb. He is confused when New York City is still destroyed, even though Peter saved the cheerleader, preventing Sylar from gaining the power of regeneration.

Five Years Gone

On the fifth anniversary of the explosion, America remembers those that have fallen. The President gathers many people at the explosion memorial to pay tribute. Sylar is remembered as the cause of the destruction, though Peter says that he was the bomb.

The Hard Part

Sylar paints a prophetic image of the explosion using a new medium: his mother's blood.

How to Stop an Exploding Man

At Kirby Plaza, Peter, after fighting Sylar, is unable to contain Ted's power. Nathan arrives and flies Peter up into the sky, where he explodes without destroying the city.

Graphic Novel:Molly's Dream

Molly has a dream in which she witnesses an explosion in the sky.

Fight or Flight

In a nightmare caused by Maury Parkman, Nathan sees himself in New York post-explosion where he's confronted by a disfigured version of himself.

Four Months Ago...

Peter meets Adam Monroe who realizes that the Haitian erased Peter's memory. To help him regain his memory, Adam shows Peter his picture of himself and Nathan, causing him to focus on it and his mind start heal. As his memory starts to return, Peter sees Nathan fly him high into the air as Peter struggles to contain his power. Nathan is horrifically burned before Peter shoves him away and explodes, the shockwave knocking Nathan from the air. Peter then flies in and catches Nathan, flying him to a hospital. Nathan is left horrifically burned from the radiation he was exposed to carrying Peter through the air, but is eventually healed Adam's blood.

Jump, Push, Fall

Hiro tells Samuel that if he doesn't receive his fortune from a fortune teller, then New York will explode.

Heroes Evolutions

Saving Charlie

  • Hiro recalls a painting in Isaac's loft: "A terrifying future. a nuclear bomb going off in [[New York City. The city in flames. Millions of people being killed" (Chapter 3)
  • Hiro goes to Isaac's loft and sees the floor covered with a mural of fire, smoke, Armageddon. (Chapter 17)

Hana's website

Richard Drucker sends Hana a video of the explosion, as seen from New Jersey. Hana posts the video on her website. The video shows a small light soaring above the New York City skyline. As the figure explodes, another figure plummets to the ground. Before he hits the ground, another figure swoops in, rescues the plummeting figure, and flies away.


  • When Hiro is in the future just before the explosion, his watch shows the time as 11:52am. The explosion happens around a minute later. In Heroes Reborn the H.E.L.E. also occurs at 11:53am.
  • Despite the explosion happening in the morning when Hiro visits the future, it happens at night when Peter actually explodes.

Memorable Quotes

"I saw it. There was a ... bright light. Like an explosion. It wiped out the whole city. Like Hiroshima --"

"Shh, shh, shh, it's okay. It was all a dream."

"No ... I don't think so."

- Isaac, Simone (Don't Look Back)


- Sylar (Landslide)


See Also

Events edit
Accidents and Disasters

Blizzard of 1978Bradford City stadium fireBrody's accidentThe explosionFire (1992)Flight 195 crashHurricane KatrinaLas Vegas house fireMutationNathan and Heidi's accidentOdessa Unity SummitSeptember 11 attacksTrain wreck

Future Events

"Explosion future" • "Exposed future" • H.E.L.E. • "Outbreak future"

Military Events

Afghanistan WarAmerican Revolutionary WarBattle of Twelve SwordsIraq WarVietnam WarWorld War II

Personal Events

Alejandro's weddingArthur's funeralCharlie's birthday partyD.L.'s funeralNathan's funeralNiki's funeralIshi's funeralKaito's funeralMicah's birthday partyJoseph's funeralSylar's baptismSylar's funeral

Recurring Events

Angela's dreamsEclipseGamblingInstant messagingNosebleedPeter's dreamsSpirit walkTed's escapes

Other Events

HomecomingKensei and the DragonLinderman ActLinderman's prosecutionNathan's campaignNathan's press conferenceNovember 8thRevelation of evolved humans

See Also: Sylar's CrimesTimeline