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(CBS New York)   Not news: Revolutionary-war era cannon, removed from display in Central Park in 1996, being cleaned and refurbished. Fark: It was primed and loaded, and sat in Central Park ready to fire for over a century   (newyork.cbslocal.com) divider line 132
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2013-01-12 03:47:01 PM  
Goober and Barney went against sheriff Andy's orders and took it to Mount Pilot to be cleaned.
 
2013-01-12 03:55:14 PM  
Too bad it never made it to the audition for The Apprentice.
 
2013-01-12 04:14:31 PM  
All guns are loaded.
 
2013-01-12 04:26:51 PM  
Yet another tale about responsible gun ownership :P
 
2013-01-12 04:51:37 PM  
Cool. :)
 
2013-01-12 05:20:16 PM  
An armed park is a polite park.
 
2013-01-12 05:56:05 PM  
more than 800 grams of black powder still capable of firing

After spending over 100 years outdoors, I'm almost certain the black powder is not able to ignite.
 
2013-01-12 05:56:49 PM  
Printing Press Tough Guy Syndrome.
 
2013-01-12 05:59:05 PM  
also,

www.infobarrel.com
Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational municipal park!
 
2013-01-12 06:07:15 PM  

Frank N Stein: After spending over 100 years outdoors, I'm almost certain the black powder is not able to ignite.


It was also under water for a lot of years, hence, non-story.
 
2013-01-12 06:09:29 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: It was also under water for a lot of years, hence, non-story.


Ah. I just saw how rusted the cannon was and immediately knew that whatever powder was got to wet to operate long ago.

Farking journalists, man.
 
2013-01-12 06:33:07 PM  
In a related story, Michael Bloomberg expected to make a full recovery from the vapours. Currently recovering on his fainting couch at the Mayor's residence.
 
2013-01-12 06:33:08 PM  
If everyone had cannons this wouldn't be an issue.

/155mm Howitzer please?
 
2013-01-12 06:34:54 PM  

Frank N Stein: TheHighlandHowler: It was also under water for a lot of years, hence, non-story.

Ah. I just saw how rusted the cannon was and immediately knew that whatever powder was got to wet to operate long ago.

Farking journalists, man.



Way to ruing a perfectly good "SCARY GUN" story.
 
2013-01-12 06:35:49 PM  
Great, now every monument cannon in the country will have to be checked to see if it is a rotting, non-functional load in it.
 
2013-01-12 06:36:16 PM  
Grams? Pretty sure they measured in bushels back then.
 
2013-01-12 06:36:23 PM  
We need more laws against assault cannons.
 
2013-01-12 06:36:23 PM  
The ultimate example of the importance of treating every gun like it's loaded.
 
2013-01-12 06:37:53 PM  

skullkrusher: In a related story, Michael Bloomberg expected to make a full recovery from the vapours. Currently recovering on his fainting couch at the Mayor's residence.


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He'll be okay. He just needs a drink.
 
2013-01-12 06:38:40 PM  

Frank N Stein: more than 800 grams of black powder still capable of firing

After spending over 100 years outdoors, I'm almost certain the black powder is not able to ignite.



What do you base this on?
 
2013-01-12 06:39:09 PM  
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Of course, for safety reasons, we don't keep the cannon loaded: it's just common sense.
 
2013-01-12 06:40:04 PM  
I see gun control in NY has been really successful in getting them "off the street."
 
2013-01-12 06:40:58 PM  
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Fire in the Hole !
 
2013-01-12 06:42:13 PM  
You know, wet things can dry.

*That's what she said*
 
2013-01-12 06:44:42 PM  
 
2013-01-12 06:45:02 PM  
"We silenced British cannon fire in 1776 and we don't want to hear it again in Central Park," the NYPD said in a statement.

1776 was when we instigated British cannon fire. It wasn't silenced for good until 1815.

I thought cops had to go to school or something before becomming cops?
 
2013-01-12 06:45:15 PM  
when u dry out wet black powder it still burns just fine. u can make fuses by soaking string in wet black powder then letting it dry. we're'nt any of you ever kids that played with explosives? well, kids pre-9/11 and Columbine, that is.
 
2013-01-12 06:46:55 PM  
Read carefully, people.  The cannon had been sealed before the frigate sunk.  When it was salvaged, the park resealed it with concrete.  It's quite possible the gunpowder inside was still ignitable.
 
2013-01-12 06:47:40 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: Frank N Stein: more than 800 grams of black powder still capable of firing

After spending over 100 years outdoors, I'm almost certain the black powder is not able to ignite.


What do you base this on?


This I remember watching a shipwreck diving show where they brought up some cordite from the bottom of the ocean on a WWI wreck and while still dripping it lit.
 
2013-01-12 06:47:44 PM  
Now the South will rise again.
 
2013-01-12 06:50:40 PM  

aerojockey: Read carefully, people. The cannon had been sealed before the frigate sunk. When it was salvaged, the park resealed it with concrete. It's quite possible the gunpowder inside was still ignitable.


yah, cause the ball and the wadding wouldn't have sealed it?... think carefully, people.
 
2013-01-12 06:51:15 PM  
www.safetysign.com
 
2013-01-12 06:51:18 PM  
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2013-01-12 06:53:34 PM  

Amos Quito: Frank N Stein: TheHighlandHowler: It was also under water for a lot of years, hence, non-story.

Ah. I just saw how rusted the cannon was and immediately knew that whatever powder was got to wet to operate long ago.

Farking journalists, man.


Way to ruing a perfectly good "SCARY GUN" story.


Yes, but was it underwater before or after the current load was installed?
 
2013-01-12 06:54:06 PM  

shower_in_my_socks: What do you base this on?


The powder most likely got too wet. NY is humid, and there's also the fact that the cannon was obviously wet, as you can tell from the rust

Oldiron_79: This I remember watching a shipwreck diving show where they brought up some cordite from the bottom of the ocean on a WWI wreck and while still dripping it lit.


Cordite isn't black powder.
 
2013-01-12 06:55:17 PM  
Citizens had the right to own these when the Constitution was written.
 
2013-01-12 06:56:17 PM  
Great, now every monument cannon in the country will have to be checked to see if it is a rotting, non-functional load in it.

It's my understanding that the vast majority of Farkers may also have rotting non-functional loads in their "monument cannons".
 
2013-01-12 06:58:45 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: Frank N Stein: After spending over 100 years outdoors, I'm almost certain the black powder is not able to ignite.

It was also under water for a lot of years, hence, non-story.


And to quote the picture's caption, "workers recently removed the concrete that had sealed the 230-year-old cannon." I bet the concrete plug went in after the loaded cannon was dredged up ~90 later. Doubly a non-story. But it is a slow Saturday: I've heard no noteworthy new news since they reopened I-5 in Los Angeles County.

There are better things to wear on a rainy day than sneakers, by the way. Senility sure ain't painless.
 
2013-01-12 06:59:20 PM  
BlackMtnMan:

We need more laws against assault cannons.

That's getting old fast too.
 
2013-01-12 07:02:04 PM  
They found two loaded cannons in front of the courthouse in West Greenwich, RI about thirty years ago.
 
2013-01-12 07:04:11 PM  
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2013-01-12 07:04:18 PM  
zenobia:

Shelf life of black powder.

If it's kept dry. Not underwater for 90 years before they dredge it up, seal it with concrete and donate it. And wouldn't a cannon that old & abused break apart dramatically at the first firing? Wouldn't any remaining charge would be more likely to turn the cannon into shrapnel than fire the ball effectively?
 
2013-01-12 07:05:20 PM  

Frank N Stein: more than 800 grams of black powder still capable of firing

After spending over 100 years outdoors, I'm almost certain the black powder is not able to ignite.


Would that not depend on the quality of the seal?
In the video the powder did not appear to be in poor condition nor did it exhibit the clumping that black powder exposed to moisture is supposed to have. Supposedly black powder exposed to moisture will work if it is dried out.

Perhaps the only way to know if this powder would have ignited is to examine it or simply try to ignite it and find out. There is a good chance it is in poor condition given what it went through, however, it has also been in a sealed container.
 
2013-01-12 07:06:33 PM  

Medic Zero: Great, now every monument cannon in the country will have to be checked to see if it is a rotting, non-functional load in it.


Kind of like your mom.
 
2013-01-12 07:07:25 PM  

utah dude: aerojockey:

Read carefully, people. The cannon had been sealed before the frigate sunk. When it was salvaged, the park resealed it with concrete. It's quite possible the gunpowder inside was still ignitable.

yah, cause the ball and the wadding wouldn't have sealed it?... think carefully, people.


Rust lets in water. The ball might have been lead but the cannon was ferrous: my W.A.G. is the water seeped around the ball and wet the stuff behind it -- for a major part of ~90 years -- some of which then seeped out as black powder-flavored water.
 
2013-01-12 07:12:29 PM  
What is a military weapon like this doing in the hands of civilians?
 
2013-01-12 07:13:09 PM  
Wow, the comment section on the article is one swirling ball of crazy. Did no one else just look at this and go "Oh cool!"?
 
2013-01-12 07:13:27 PM  
Who the hell takes 7 years to refurbish a cannon? Obiously a government job.

Private company schedule. Critical path 5 weeks.

1. Disassemble - 1 week
2. Create new woodwork - 3 months
3. Sand blast outside - 1 week
4. Unload and clean inside - 2 weeks
5. Reassemble - 1 week
 
2013-01-12 07:15:54 PM  

utah dude: yah, cause the ball and the wadding wouldn't have sealed it?... think carefully, people.


for +1 internet, tell me how they lit the charge back then
 
2013-01-12 07:21:53 PM  
I'm surprised the NYPD didn't insist upon "remotely detonating" the cannon ball.
 
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