Clandestinely we made a few bushels of first-rate blasting powder
, and I superin- tended my armorers while they constructed a lightning- rod and some wires.
We'll have to go back and get some of your big tunnel blasting powder
, Tom," suggested Ned.
If you could get a bag of blasting powder
at the front door with a slow match to it--"
And the first surprise came very soon, when the explosives (to which he owed his sudden chance of engagement)--dynamite in cases and blasting powder
in barrels--taken on board, main hatch battened for sea, cook restored to his functions in the galley, anchor fished and the tug ahead, rounding the South Foreland, and with the sun sinking clear and red down the purple vista of the channel, he went on the poop, on duty, it is true, but with time to take the first freer breath in the busy day of departure.
But they didn't notice blasting powder
leaking from a barrel in a corner.
The most substantial part of the mine complex that remains is the main accommodation building, which was the cooperage (making barrels and casks), stables and the office of the blasting powder
works for the mine.
Through the years, Lindsay has tested the pits as livestock feed, fireplace logs, ground cover, soil conditioner, an ingredient in blasting powder
, a plastics filler, a bug-bait carrier, olive oil and as a source for making methane gas.
In the past, it wasn't uncommon for miners to climb a blocked ore pass with blasting powder
on their shoulders to place a charge.
They're sawing ice, augering blasting powder
, laying tile, husking corn, building shocks.
They drilled small holes, added blasting powder
or a new explosive called nitroglycerine, lit the fuse, and ran before it exploded.
It is an early coal mining expression referring to the highly-volatile blasting powder
With blasting powder
, picks, and shovels, they labor in and day out.