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Encyclopedia > Bamboo cannon

Meriam buluh or bamboo cannon is a type of home-made firecrackers which is popular during Hari Raya festive season in Malaysia. It is popular during festive seasons due to its loud bang antics which can be heard from a far distance. Like other fireworks, playing bamboo cannon is illegal as stated in Malaysian Explosive Act 1957; ironically, more Malay children turn to bamboo cannon as an alternative to commercial firecrackers which are made illegal by the government. See Firecracker (album) for information on the Lisa Loeb album. ... Hari Raya (Malay for Day of Celebration) is a term used in Malaysia that can apply to the Muslim festivals of Eid ul-Fitr or Eid ul-Adha. ... Look up Malay in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

How it works

Basically, a typical bamboo cannon consists of a large bamboo and a mixture of calcium carbide and some water. The chemical reaction formed as a result of mixing carcium carbide with water inside the bamboo produces acetylene, an explosive gas. The acetylene explodes when exposed to flame targeted to the mixture. The explosion may cause severe injury to the player if not handled carefully. Diversity Around 91 genera and 1,000 species Subtribes Arthrostylidiinae Arundinariinae Bambusinae Chusqueinae Guaduinae Melocanninae Nastinae Racemobambodinae Shibataeinae See the full Taxonomy of the Bambuseae. ... Calcium carbide is a chemical compound with the chemical formula CaC2. ... Impact of a drop of water Water is a chemical substance that is essential to all known forms of life[1]. It covers 71% of Earths surface. ... Acetylene (systematic name: ethyne) is the simplest alkyne hydrocarbon, consisting of two hydrogen atoms and two carbon atoms connected by a triple bond. ...

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