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Thread: Nobel's Explosives. Ardeer - Sept. 2009

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    really love this seen so many documenties on this place and nobel,nice to see it now,need to get here asap as love it really do


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
    This place never ceases to amaze me. The methods employed in explosives manufacture are surreal - lead lined channels to convey glycerine by gravity!
    Yes, it's a strange mix of incredible caution and what seems to be recklessness. The glycerin was nitrated in a water-cooled vessel, with a thermometer very carefully watched by an operator - he sat on a one-legged stool to make sure he didn't fall asleep. Even a tiny knock could set off the nitroglycerin, so everything was lead-lined or made of ceramic to prevent explosives - yet it was poured 8 feet into a tank, and once it was mixed with 'guhr to make dynamite it was kneaded like dough and pressed into cartridges.

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