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Old January 26, 2012, 09:07 AM   #8
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Not enough info to know for sure what happened. I'm guessing smokeless powder was used. I have a collection of small cannons (.31 cal thru 1.0" cal.) and have fired several for effect only, no projectiles. Using real black powder and normal safety precautions it is a safe undertaking.
Many manufacturers ship replica cannons with the fuse hole undrilled. Many replicas do not have a wedge or screw for adjusting elevation. The absence of those is a sign the item was made for display or noise only, not to shoot a projectile.
This is very sad.
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