Pillars of creation toppled by something

The Pillars of Creation, a gaseous /dusty area which resemble pillars:

are considered the birthplace of planets as many young planets can be seen inside them using IR:

The above pictures were taken in 1995.

In a dramatic turn of events, some huge force has blown the pillars to bits, around 6000 years ago. People are arguing if it’s a supernova or superheated stellar winds which have done this, but it’s strange to see such an imposing structure in the universe being wasted in 10 years time. This is what’s left of them:

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