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.

Thoughts?

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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..

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Daniel May 4, 2014 at 04:33 am

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

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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….

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chase May 5, 2014 at 02:33 pm

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

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T May 5, 2014 at 04:11 pm

Dermatologists hate him.

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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.

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

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

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

lol that second guys ass caught on fire!

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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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