Cannon Safety Procedures FAILURE Pt. II

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  1. Jan 7, 2019 #1

    Loyalist Dave

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    OK I'm betting these silly people loaded the piece with smokeless powder.

    :eek: :confused:

    Here is a still shot of the piece from the above video

    Cannon Explosion Still from YouTube video.PNG
    Looks like the breech is blown but perhaps they did use black powder but just in an unfireable antique....finished off the antique while they were at it. :mad:

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  2. Jan 7, 2019 #2

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    I would bet on an antique but still vastly overloaded. It appears that the cannon had been sitting in that spot for a long time. If that was a blank charge there had to be a LOT of powder in there.
     
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    Wow!
    I think it was overloaded and it was a lawn ornament. Not a real cannon. just a cheap cast knock off. The wheels even looked cast.
     
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    A woman named Alisa posted the video and wrote:

    "We were very lucky! The inside metal rusted out causing it to blow up in pieces. Pieces were found up to a half mile away. The first time it didn't work we were all standing right next to it. Thank god it didn't go off that time. There really are angels watching out for us! We still have the pieces that remind us daily how lucky we are."

    Someone asked if they were using smokeless powder but she never answered the question. Probably doesn't know the difference between smokeless and black.
     
  5. Jan 8, 2019 #5

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    I think the smoke is the wrong color. I bet they used a full pound of smokeless since it wouldn't have looked like very much for a cannon charge. That might explain why it didn't go off the first time - it's harder to light. They are very lucky and I wonder who used to own the cannon.
     
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    That leaves me with even more questions and no answers.

    Rusted out ? sounds like a lawn ornament to me.
     
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    Loyalist Dave

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    Right I hadn't thought about the smouldering of the fuze area, but just the smoke color. Yes I don't think it would've burned so slow had it been BP or a sub....,

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    Any way you look at it, that thing was a bomb.
     
  9. Jan 12, 2019 at 1:01 PM #9

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    It would have been good to see the aftermath.
    To see the remains of the barrel, and so on.
    Fred
     

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