Probably not "EXPLODED" so much as "was torn apart."
A 52X CD drive is enormously fast and if there's any kind of hairline crack in the CD, the centrifugal force can tear the CD apart. When you consider how fast the CD is spinning in the drive, it isn't surprising that it's like an explosion.
Like I said, if your drive works with CD Bremse and can be made to spin slower, there shouldn't be a problem.
Also, I have a CDRW that lets you choose the speed at which the drive spins. I right-click the drive letter in Explorer, choose Properties, and there is a Settings tab with a drop-down menu box that lets me choose the drive's maximum speed. Mine goes as slow as 8X. This is with a Plextor drive. Maybe other CDRW brands have something similar.