John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Do you know that gun powder can turn into nitrocycerin if improperly stored. Sweating dynamite sticks are feared by miners in their work. Fireworks and bullets contain gun powder. Caps for cap guns contain gun powder. If the gun powder sits for a long period of time it becomes unstable and dangerous to handle. Old weapons from past wars like shells and grenades can become unstable. If you use unstable gun powder, you can lose your hands, sight or even your life. Almost anything can set them off. If when you move into a new house or when you are cleaning up an estate, you must look for any old weapons that might contain gun powder. You should contact either the fire or police department to properly dispose of them. If your children find any such weapons, you could either lose a child or badly injure a child. In this case prevention can protect you from danger. Remember, old fireworks contain gun powder and are like having a small stick of dynamite. If they appear to have sweat on them, watch out! Years ago I had some old caps sitting in my dresser drawer. One day I tried to use them in a cap gun I had lying around. When I fired the caps off, my cap gun fell apart. I tried this with two other cap guns and had the same results. I then realized that these caps had become unstable and had to be destroyed before anybody got hurt using them. This is only a small event. Imagine what could have happened if I had something with more gun powder that became unstable. I am writing this to warn people about the dangers of old gun powder. Old bullets can explode inside of a gun. I hope that I have given you some insight into this matter. Please support the Bay View community.