Westerns going bang.

Mike Herron herro001 at maroon.tc.umn.edu
Sat Jun 10 09:15:17 EST 1995


I recall reading as a kid that nitrocellulose was once used in solid fuel
rockets and (sadly!) as a plastic for cheap dolls.

In article <3r7710$q2m at mserv1.dl.ac.uk>, "Raymond Dalgleish, Dept of
Genetics" <ray at leicester.ac.uk> wrote:

-> > rpgrant at molbiol.ox.ac.uk (R. P. Grant +44 1 865 221018) writes:
-> > 
-> > >If nitrocellulose really is a genuine component of guncotton, why don't 
-> > >westerns go bang?  No, I'm not looking for a recipe ;)
-> > >^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
-> > 
-> > Try setting light to a piece. It vaporizes instantly - no bang 
-> > unfortunately ;>
-> > 
-> > 
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->  
-> I recall from my Ph.D. days (late 70's) a Southern blot on 
-> nitrocellose that "exploded" while being baked at 80 degrees.
-> In fact it was more of muffled thud than an explosion and the
-> brown remains of the filter were splattered over the Whatman
-> paper in which it had been loosly folded.
-> 
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Mike Herron
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