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    Dangers of Black Powder - Darwin Award?

    Two men who are supposedly students at UT Arlington involved in flash fire after emptying fireworks of their blackpowder. One died and the other with severe burns. W/b interested to see a) if they were really students, and b) what they were going to do with the black powder. UTA has a very large minority & muslim population attending, but also has a good business school. Guess these guys hadn't got to upper division courses dealing with static electricity or code requirements for explosion proof electrical enclosures.

    http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Arl...273157241.html
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    Not likely "blackpowder" sulphur charcoal and saltpeter. More likely gunpowder or flashpowder (potassium perchlorate and aluminium powder).
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    Gee wiz ... I have the skills to make nitroglycerin but these idiots cannot even handle simple fireworks ... better living through chemistry !

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    I carry nitroglycerin with me wherever I go, even in courtrooms.............hint, it is Rx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    I carry nitroglycerin with me wherever I go, even in courtrooms.............hint, it is Rx.
    Prescription for justice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    I carry nitroglycerin with me wherever I go, even in courtrooms.............hint, it is Rx.
    And one of these days, Grape is going to sneeze and blow half the county off the map! :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SFCRetired View Post
    And one of these days, Grape is going to sneeze and blow half the county off the map! :-)
    Well I do have an ignition source implanted in my chest.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Well I do have an ignition source implanted in my chest.


    ......Burp!
    You should see a doctor ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Well I do have an ignition source implanted in my chest.


    ......Burp!
    I'm very popular when it's leaf burning time, melting ice from the sidewalk in the winter, and at marshmallow roasts.

    Can I light your cigar?

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    Lest we forget, the Boston Marathon bombers allegedly got their explosive content in the same way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesCanby View Post
    Lest we forget, the Boston Marathon bombers allegedly got their explosive content in the same way...
    There is enough "material" laying around the floor of Home Depot and Lowes to make some very impressive explosive devices. You just need a decent recipe and a good cook.

    and unlike the gentlemen in the OP, a bit of brains.
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    It's flash powder that is used in fireworks making. It's not gunpowder.

    There are various formulas that can be used to make them depending on what the powder is being used for. Some are much much more sensitive than others.

    Either way, there is a safer way to unload fireworks, but you have to be in static electricity free environment first off and use non-sparking tool for the second part.
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