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Old 02 April 2014, 12:29 AM
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Well, having had a sizable chunk of my career working around and with cordite, I can say that unless they were smoking while chewing cordite (and I doubt the intoxicating effects) and a spark hit the cordite, it would not burn.

And cordite burns. Burns fast. It does not explode. In fact, it takes a primer of other burning material to get it to burn when firing any artillery round.

We used to drop cartons of it off the side of trucks about 1.7 metres from the ground and not one explosion.
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