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Old February 21, 2013, 10:09 AM   #5
g.willikers
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Back in the day, a neighbor used to make black powder from the three usual ingredients, all available from the local drug store.
The only time it went boom was when he was drying out a a bunch that had gotten damp.
He decided to hurry things up by heating the mix in a large pan on the stove.
It would still have probably been ok, had he not gotten side tracked doing something else, and left it simmering a little too long.
Even then, there was no real harm, other than a big flash and lots of smoke, that filled the basement and rolled out the windows.
He had some explaining to do when the fire truck showed up.
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