Blaster Collection

Virtual Museum ID: 19-BMM01

Specimen Summary

Blasters' Handbook, Blasting Caps & 50% Strength Gelatin Dynamite

Dynamite was an important part of the mining process. The drill crew would drill a series of holes into the rock into which dynamite sticks were placed at the end of a shift. Their detonation would break up the rock into pieces, called 'muck'. By the time the next shift came in, the dust would have settled and the muck could be removed - ready for the next set of drill holes and dynamite detonation.

Dynamite is a "high-order explosive" or "high explosive." Created by Alfred Nobel in 1866 by mixing nitroglycerin with a special clay called kieselguhr. This special clay allowed for safer use of the highly unstable nitroglycerin. Dynamite can be dropped, hit and even burned without accidentally exploding!

Specimen Data


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Britannia Mining Museum (BBM)

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Off Display, Not Public

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Britannia Beach, B.C.

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Britannia Mining Museum

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10 (NAD 83)

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Blaster Collection

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