(something) breaks into pieces

When something breaks apart, you can say that it "breaks into pieces". You can also say how many pieces there are:

It fell on the floor and broke into a thousand pieces.

Aside from "break", you can also use other similar words that describe how something broke like "snap", "shatter", "tear", "crack", "explode", etc. For example:

I think I actually heard the bone cracking into two pieces when he hit it.

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