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We used to make something similar - take an empty disposable CO2 cartridge and enlarge the hole in the top. Fill about 3/4s full with black (rifle/pistol) powder, insert waterproof fuse and seal with a little wax.

At first we figured it would be like a grenade, throwing shrapnel everywhere but they all burst along a seam and laid flat, all in one piece.

Yeah, we used to have way too much time on our hands.

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I always heard a M-80 was "a quarter stick of dynamite", too. I'm also too young to have ever had to opportunity to buy a real M-80, but I can tell you the ones I have seen at the firework stores (M-60, M-80, M-100, M-whathaveyou) are glorified firecrackers. We cut one open and the thing is all casing.

When I was a kid, a neighbor had some M-80's that he said he got from when he was in the Army. He said they used them for drills. I don't know if that was true or not, but that was one of the coolest things my young eyes had ever seen. The sound, flash, and shockwave still stick in my memory.

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Well, I don't know exactly what I had in the mid-80s, but it was about 1.5 inches in diameter, 6 inches long, and quite, quite, quite LOUD from a quarter mile away... The guy I got it from called it an m500, or half stick of dynamite.

It did a very good job of removing weeds, grass and dirt from the ground. When set off in the weeds, it cleared a nice 3 or 4 foot diameter circle in the grass, and blew out maybe an inch of dirt... But, it didn't do a thing to concrete (sidewalk).

Did I mention it was LOUD?

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quote:
Originally posted by AV8NDV8
We used to make something similar - take an empty disposable CO2 cartridge and enlarge the hole in the top. Fill about 3/4s full with black (rifle/pistol) powder, insert waterproof fuse and seal with a little wax.




We would use wooden dowels for end-plugs, and then cut strips of grocery bags , soak them with glue, and then wrap them in layers to make a laminated tube... then we would fill them with powder, and insert a wick. They were pretty @#$% loud, and would blow stuff up nicely We also liked to toss them in the pool, and they would sink, and explode throwing a big fountain of water up on the surface . Neato..

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When I was growing up, the folklore was that "an M-80 was equivalent to a quarter of a stick of dynamite".

(whether a stick of dynamite only comes in one size is another question entirely, I suppose)



Dynamite sticks comes in many different sizes.... And it may shock you to know that "dynamite" in and of itself is a pretty generic term. There are many different kinds of "dynamite."

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OK, for those of you who've never actually seen what an M-80 can do....

These two pictures are of some unnamed people setting up a firecracker inside a 5 gallon "Sparkletts" bottle and the subsequent splash. The firecracker in question contained 7 grams of flash powder (that's roughly 2.3X the size of an M-80).

http://www1.iwvisp.com/thehalls/Booms/boomer-01.jpg
http://www1.iwvisp.com/thehalls/Booms/boomer-02.jpg


This picture is (IIRC) an M-80 buried about 2 inches into the ground. For scale, consider the fact that the chunk of metal in the right hand side of the picture is the bumper off a 197* Caddie.

http://www1.iwvisp.com/thehalls/Booms/boomer-03.jpg



And for those who just love smoke and fire, I put a couple other cool pics in that same directory.

http://www1.iwvisp.com/thehalls/Booms

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Thanks for the pics Inigo. I have a bad scan of a good picture of a ~4000 lb shot.

Searching the hard drive...Found it.

I was involved in setting this shot up. The thing to note is that the edge of the hill at the bottom of the fireball is about 100' higher than where the shot was placed. Also, the brown specks in among the flares are chunks of dirt that are really quite large. The photo was taken from about a mile away from the shot. It was just a garbage shot.

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