Homemade Garbage Cannons

A foreign pastime apparently:

Apparently people either use lighter fluid or calcium carbide.  Pressure builds up inside when you put the flame near a small hole drilled in the back and KABOOM!

Doesn’t look like the safest thing on earth but hey life isn’t safe.

Garbage-CannonIn video one and two I think it’s pretty safe to say alcohol was involved.  LOL at the guy’s laugh in video one hahahah.




Simon May 4, 2014 at 01:09 am

Nice that ENDO picks up on this, it is called ‘carbidschieten’ and is a popular pastime for the Dutch and Belgians mostly living away from the cities. It is one of those things that have been done for a very long time and the authorities turn a blind eye to it. Probably because it rarely results in injuries (fireworks are a bigger problem).

They repurpose old milk jugs and place a bit of carbid inside, adding a little bit of water aswell. A small hole or sparkplug is used to ignite the can. The skill lies in using the appropriate amounts of carbid/water and using the right moment to ignite so that there is sufficient flammable gas.


lolinski May 4, 2014 at 03:37 am

Was about to mention that, water is necessary for it to work. Calcium carbide reacts with water to produce acetylene (welding gas).

Same thing is done in southern Europe (Balkans).


Joethefatman™ May 4, 2014 at 07:34 am

We used to fill paper sacks with acetylene from cutting rigs, twist the top, lite on fire and then put it under a trash can or cardboard box behind someone. The trash can generally went a few feet in the air and the boxes were left in pieces. Scared the crap out of people.


Aardvark May 4, 2014 at 08:32 am

Used to live in the east of the country, folks did it with tubes almost 5 meters long.. shit sounds like artillery!

Scared the hell out of our cattle as well..


Daniel May 4, 2014 at 04:33 am

They use this to train Slovenian goalkeepers.
See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_ub10aXbvk


MattV2099 May 4, 2014 at 08:26 am

hahah. we used to do that back in the 70’s and early 80’s on 4th of july….


chase May 5, 2014 at 02:33 pm

I’m calling bullshit on you being in your late 30’s early 40’s


T May 5, 2014 at 04:11 pm

Dermatologists hate him.


jim bob May 4, 2014 at 11:42 am

whatever that thing is with the shaved head and neon kicks, it think i saw it sitting outside as i entered Thunderdome.


John F. May 4, 2014 at 01:11 pm

I think that guy is Stitches’ European Division office manager.


Chuck E Cheez May 5, 2014 at 07:02 pm

lol that second guys ass caught on fire!


dgdimick May 10, 2014 at 10:13 am

They used to sell Carbid Cannons out of the back of comic books. The carbid came in a tube like tooth paste



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