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picker
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Very interesting day today.

a new customer walk into my shop today carrying three OLD sticks of dynamite!

He explained he found them while prospecting in the next county

He calmly asked if i could use them and handed them to me.

I thought he was kidding until I unwrapped them from a t-shirt.

There they were in my hands three old sticks of GIANT GEL 40% Shock

Brown paper falling apart and all blistered. The blisters may have been some moisture proofing

but i was a bit on the cautious side.

I placed them on the concrete floor and called the sheriff

less than 5 min and i had a knock at the door the first crime fighter was here.

i showed him the sticks laying on the floor and he took a pic with his cell phone.

I then had to evacuate my shop and wait for the bomb squad.

Oh ya did i say the US president was in town today!

all the bomb guys were busy so i was out of work for the next several hours.

Well they all finely showed up with the full circus

fire trucks, meat wagon, tons of cop cars and the bomb squad big rig.

Hope i dont get the bill i already lost enough money!!!

Any of you powder guys out there?

could you place an age to the sticks in question?

I thought Giant went out of business in the 30's

the sticks had the word GEL on them so were these ampho or dynamite.

Now if you ever fine anything like this when you are out and about in the hills,

Keep it the heck out of my shop and leave it where you find it and make the call!!!

February 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM Flag Quote & Reply

601
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The "blisters" were probably nitroglycerine that was seeping out of the sticks.  Very unstable.

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February 15, 2014 at 1:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

picker
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the dynamite was over 100 years old.

Giant powder company went out of business in the 1880's

February 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jere-Miner
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ALL I CAN SAY IS WOOOOOOOOW!!! glad they didnt go off!

did the guy get into any trouble!?

HERES YOUR SIGN!

sounds like a story for the pick and shovel!


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J.Osgood

EBP

"Live Long and Prospect!"

February 15, 2014 at 2:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

picker
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Posts: 26

As soon as i said i was calling the Sheriff he was gone!

I respect peoples privacy and i am not a rat...

He knew i was into hard rock mining and was just trying to help me out.

but in an uneducated and rather stupid way!

if i see him again, i may hit him with a stick

but i hold nothing against him for not knowing any better.

Just one more thing we must keep in mind while teaching new

miners.

PLEASE BRING THIS UP AT YOUR NEXT CLUB MEETING.

this should be common scense but we are in Kalifornia in 2014

enough said!!!


February 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM Flag Quote & Reply

601
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Giant powder was moved from S.F in 1879 to Berkeley, Ca. In 1892 moved to Pt. Pinole, then was bought out by Atlas Powder in 1915.

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February 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM Flag Quote & Reply

RobynM
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Wow! 

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February 18, 2014 at 3:39 AM Flag Quote & Reply

joel1316
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As a child, we lived very close to the (already shut down) Giant Powder company.  Some cool history/story about that place.

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Joel

February 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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