Shooting Carbide

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Erik van den Ham on January 1, 2009

Shooting Carbide

Carbide (CaC2) is used in the Netherlands and Belgium for a traditional custom called "Carbidschieten" (Shooting Carbide). To create an explosion, carbide and water are put in a milk churn with a lid. Ignition is usually done with a torch or firecracker. Some villages in the Netherlands fire multiple milk churns in a row as a New Year's Eve tradition. The old tradition comes from the old pagan religion to chase off (bad) spirits.

Erik van den Ham on January 1, 2009

Time Trick

Picture was taken with a long exposure. At the time of the explosion (with a huge bang) the guy behind the Milk churn was long gone. Same goes for the small fire at his feet. The fire was there, when he was not.

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