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Old 07-07-2021, 12:11 PM   #1
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https://apnews.com/article/columbus-...bfaa2683848f1b

This was in Michigan and an NHL hockey player died when he took an artillery mortar shell to the chest.

Anybody ever been hit with one of these? I took one to the back a few years ago in an incident that involved too much beer and not enough sense. Knocked me down and couldn't breathe for a minute. Felt like I was hit with a sledge hammer and had a scar of the impact for a couple years. Felt like it cracked a rib or two but I never got checked out.

Anyway, those things are pretty dangerous. I'd recommend the boxes over the stand alone drop-in mortar tubes. Much sturdier and less likely to tip over when stuff hits the fan. Stay safe.
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Old 07-07-2021, 12:18 PM   #2
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Took one on the side of the leg about 5-6 years ago, it was upside down in the tube so the whole thing just exploded out. The concussion was noticeable!
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Old 07-07-2021, 12:23 PM   #3
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I think they are available in different sizes.
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Old 07-07-2021, 01:09 PM   #4
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i wired my artillery to a flat piece of plywood for this exact reason... they can tip easily and fire at you directly
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Old 07-07-2021, 01:15 PM   #5
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Knew a guy in high school who had one blow up in his hand (it was common practice to throw them instead of using the tube) blew his hole hand clean off.
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Old 07-07-2021, 01:35 PM   #6
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No, but a family member put one in upside down and sent everyone scrambling when it blew. We screw them down to wood to keep them from tipping over.
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Old 07-07-2021, 01:38 PM   #7
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Anybody ever been hit with one of these? I took one to the back a few years ago in an incident that involved too much beer and not enough sense. Knocked me down and couldn't breathe for a minute. Felt like I was hit with a sledge hammer and had a scar of the impact for a couple years. Felt like it cracked a rib or two but I never got checked out.
When we were kids we'd run around with the tubes and shoot them over eachother. Buddy pointed one out and neglected to hold the bottom, when it fired it blew out the back and thumped him directly in the chest. He went down hard and we though he was a goner. He said his heart was doing some weird things. We took off to take him to the hospital but he wanted to go home instead so we dropped him off at home.
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Old 07-07-2021, 01:38 PM   #8
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We've always made a platform for them as mentioned earlier.

Years ago a buddy used to tape them together (about 6-8) and the first one blew the bottom out. Tipped it over and fired the rest at about 30 of us running for the hills. Solid base from there on.
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Old 07-07-2021, 01:39 PM   #9
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Dang things come out of the tube with incredible force.
We screw ours to plywood as well
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Old 07-07-2021, 01:46 PM   #10
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Nope. Never have been hit but on the 4th I was sure hoping one of the kids would knock a tube over and skip an artillery shell off the pavement and smoke my cousins meth head boyfriend right in the gourd. But....no such luck. He's still alive.
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Old 07-07-2021, 01:50 PM   #11
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^^^^^^^^^
LOL.....you trip me out!
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Old 07-07-2021, 01:58 PM   #12
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No, but a family member put one in upside down and sent everyone scrambling when it blew. We screw them down to wood to keep them from tipping over.
We talked about screwing them down prior to shooting them off. Also talked about filling up the spray rig on the tractor in case the pasture caught fire. We got busy with our beverages and neglected those two things. Would have taken 10 minutes and made the night so much better lol. Live (luckily) and learn.
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Old 07-07-2021, 02:09 PM   #13
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Didn’t I read somewhere that he slipped trying to get away and hit his head causing his death?


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Old 07-07-2021, 02:13 PM   #14
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Had one fall over at a "drunkard firework show" and the round hit my truck toolbox. Put a good dent in that toolbox, so I bet it could some damage to a body.
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Old 07-07-2021, 02:13 PM   #15
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Didn’t I read somewhere that he slipped trying to get away and hit his head causing his death?


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That's what they first reported but as it turns out the firework caught him square in the chest.
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Old 07-07-2021, 02:33 PM   #16
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About 10-12 years ago we had 5-6 lined up with a crowd of about 30 friends/family watching. One of the tubes tipped over and pointed to the crowd during ignition. A buddies mom took a direct hit to the front of the throat, but the artillery round bounced off before it popped thankfully. Burned her pretty bad but she lived. We screwed them down every year after that.

Used to chunk them in the water after dark and watch them explode. Its a **** wonder none of us never got killed.
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Old 07-07-2021, 03:00 PM   #17
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We use to have roman candle wars back in the day, the metal garbage can lid for a shield. we got lucky and no one ever got hurt. Good Times
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Old 07-07-2021, 03:19 PM   #18
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Never been hit by one but when we were young we would hold the base and aim them. I’ll tell you what you don’t want to do is put three in the tube at once stacked. The third one blew up in the tube. Lucky none of us ever got hurt.
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Old 07-07-2021, 03:25 PM   #19
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We use to have roman candle wars back in the day, the metal garbage can lid for a shield. we got lucky and no one ever got hurt. Good Times
We didn't even think of using a shield.
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Old 07-07-2021, 04:11 PM   #20
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Dang things come out of the tube with incredible force.
We screw ours to plywood as well
This.
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Old 07-07-2021, 04:18 PM   #21
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Knew a guy in high school who had one blow up in his hand (it was common practice to throw them instead of using the tube) blew his hole hand clean off.

I threw more than a few lit mortar shells over a lake or the red river in my day… looking back, I’m lucky I didn’t lose a hand too. Those fuses would jump on you every now and then.


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Old 07-07-2021, 04:47 PM   #22
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Took one on the side of the leg about 5-6 years ago, it was upside down in the tube so the whole thing just exploded out. The concussion was noticeable!
Never even once thought about calling the Government to come in and save us all.
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Old 07-07-2021, 05:55 PM   #23
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We use to have roman candle wars back in the day, the metal garbage can lid for a shield. we got lucky and no one ever got hurt. Good Times
Same here…lucky for sure. I’m stunned by some of the asinine things we did back then.
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We didn't even think of using a shield.
We didn’t need no stinking shields 😜


In all seriousness….the OP is just tragic.
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Old 07-07-2021, 06:08 PM   #24
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Dude you guys have bad luck. I had one hit me a while back but I got away with only a burn on my shirt! I never anchor mine down…. Maybe I will start now
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Old 07-07-2021, 06:12 PM   #25
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The boxes can and do tip over as well. My fence now has a huge hole in it from that exact thing on Sunday. Going to wire them down from now on to plywood like I do the tubes.
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Old 07-07-2021, 06:20 PM   #26
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Some of those big ones at the county shows have tremendous energy. If the timing was perfect and the projectile was on you as far as your skin would stretch at the same time it went off I can see it killing you easy.
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Old 07-07-2021, 06:20 PM   #27
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We use to have roman candle wars back in the day, the metal garbage can lid for a shield. we got lucky and no one ever got hurt. Good Times
Man that brings back painful memories.
We would throw down, and tear each other up with those things.
They would leave a burn all the way across you, that would turn into a wicked looking blister about a foot long.
You would have several of those before it was over.
Been about 10yrs since the last time, haven't missed it a bit.
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Old 07-07-2021, 06:32 PM   #28
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I don't advise throwing them. That long green fuse is held at the top of the shell by what looks like a string well, turns out that is also a fuse, the one that lights the charge that kicks it up and out of the tube. That will burn you pretty good if you are holding it while trying to burn the fuse down so you get an air burst when you throw it...

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A few minutes after



Day 2



Day 4



Day 7, apparently there is a lot if fat in the palm of your hand, who knew?!






Day 9


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Old 07-07-2021, 07:47 PM   #29
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Oh he ll that looks bad!
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Old 07-07-2021, 07:48 PM   #30
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Dadgum Jes, that looks like it hurt!


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Old 07-07-2021, 08:17 PM   #31
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I don't advise throwing them. That long green fuse is held at the top of the shell by what looks like a string well, turns out that is also a fuse, the one that lights the charge that kicks it up and out of the tube. That will burn you pretty good if you are holding it while trying to burn the fuse down so you get an air burst when you throw it...

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Day 7, apparently there is a lot if fat in the palm of your hand, who knew?!






Day 9



Ohh dang!!!


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Old 07-07-2021, 09:00 PM   #32
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JES is a few cards short of a full deck. Just sayin.....
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Old 07-07-2021, 09:24 PM   #33
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I don't advise throwing them. That long green fuse is held at the top of the shell by what looks like a string well, turns out that is also a fuse, the one that lights the charge that kicks it up and out of the tube. That will burn you pretty good if you are holding it while trying to burn the fuse down so you get an air burst when you throw it...

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A few minutes after
Did you pop the blister?
Never pop the blister.
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Old 07-07-2021, 09:57 PM   #34
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Did you pop the blister?
Never pop the blister.
That's an old wives tale...

I had a grease burn one time, 3rd degree burn over the top of my left hand. Went to see a plastic surgeon about getting skin graft. Huge blister and he looked it over and basically said, yeah, that's pretty bad and then, without notice, he ripped the blister off my hand, I remember getting light headed and hearing the liquid hitting the floor like water was spilled...not cool.

On this blister, I did not intentionally drain it. We were moving overseas right after I did this. So during all that work to box up the house it ruptured. That's when I got that chunk of fat out of there. I did my best to leave it intact.
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Old 07-07-2021, 10:04 PM   #35
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We were up at the Sonic one night….. cause that’s what we did then, when “Spanky” came slow rolling by in his moms car.

Window half cracked lit an artillery shell and threw it… but it bounced off window and went in back seat. All we heard was F………………!!!!!!! BOOM

MAN IT WAS PRETTY!…..oh it TORCHED the inside of the car and he’s probably legally def…. BUT…. It was pretty
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Old 07-07-2021, 10:06 PM   #36
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That's an old wives tale...

I had a grease burn one time, 3rd degree burn over the top of my left hand. Went to see a plastic surgeon about getting skin graft. Huge blister and he looked it over and basically said, yeah, that's pretty bad and then, without notice, he ripped the blister off my hand, I remember getting light headed and hearing the liquid hitting the floor like water was spilled...not cool.

On this blister, I did not intentionally drain it. We were moving overseas right after I did this. So during all that work to box up the house it ruptured. That's when I got that chunk of fat out of there. I did my best to leave it intact.
It’s not a “wives tale”.
I am sure your doctor knows what he is doing, but I had a similar burn and was informed not to pop it. My doctor told me it could cause infection.
It healed with zero scars…
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Old 07-07-2021, 10:38 PM   #37
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It’s not a “wives tale”.
I am sure your doctor knows what he is doing, but I had a similar burn and was informed not to pop it. My doctor told me it could cause infection.
It healed with zero scars…
Sure it is.

I don’t have a scar either, both times. I have twice as much proof…
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Old 07-07-2021, 10:45 PM   #38
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Sure it is.

I don’t have a scar either, both times. I have twice as much proof…
Whatever…
Do a little research and get back with me.
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