"Kimber" dynamite packing machine, 1899

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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Dynamite, Greek for “power”, is a blasting explosive based on nitro-glycerin, wood pulp, and sodium nitrate. Invented by Alfred Nobel in 1860, mixed and compacted in a paper tube It was resistant to shock, but readily detonated by heat and percussion.

Nitroglycerin invented in 1846.
Detonation heat: 9,400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Expansion pressure, 200,000 times the atmosphere
(approximately 3,000,000 feet per second).
40% dynamite means 40% nitro.
Nitro freezes at 52 degrees Fahrenheit.
This machine packed 16 sticks per minute.

And this is what miners took down into total darkness on those skips that traveled so fast they took less than a minute to get the miners to work hundreds of feet below the surface.

These guys were completely out of their minds…

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