While trying to trace the Cawayan river, I chanced to see a couple of teenagers lighting up a makeshift cannon made of several milk cans.
I was more than 200m away when the first time I heard the explosion. I thought it was your usual Super Lolo or Plapla. And I was surprised to see that we still have some kids using the (almost) traditional noisemaker.
Normally for a Canyon Cawayan, they use carbon carbide and water (the former reacts violently with latter). I can still remember this when I was in elementary. These are the same ingredients use in Oxy-Acetylene welding wherein, the Acetylene is the flammable vapor produced by the reacion of Carbon Carbide and water.
Though I have no idea how to make it and ensure that it doesn’t explode in front of somebody’s face when the explosive material is ignited.
In this case, the kids used kerosene – I saw them pour the kerosene on a hole on one end and shake the barrel. I think by shaking the barrel, the kerosene evaporates creating highly flammable fumes; furthermore, when ignited in a closed space, it will create a loud noise. (Later on, I checked Wikipedia and it says the same thing).
The tin can barrel is held together by several rubbers tied around it. I haven’t really had a chance to check how they glued the cans together.
I took some pictures, but a couple of them are blurred – I took it while covering my ears with my left arm and hand, while the other holds the camera to take the picture.
It’s really feels great to see somebody are still sticking with traditional and safe noisemakers!