your cups should not have exploded, obviously. Id venture a guess and say something was severely wrong, like... they were the wrong thread size... or more likely your threads on the bottom bracket shell are full of crap so your cups got bound up. I would recommend chasing them out with a tap prior to trying any other bb's, at least run a skinny screwdriver blade or needle or something through the treads to try and clean them out. also make sure you use a generous amount of grease in the threads to help prevent creaking once assembled.
2010 Kestrel RT900SL, 800k carbon, chorus/record, speedplay, zonda
1997 Trek ZX6000, 6061w/manitou spyder, xt/xtr, time atac