Warning label

 

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Many warning labels are quite useful.  Sometimes they are just silly, this has been discussed in previous posts.  Then there are warning labels have been translated from another language.  These are often quite amusing, but usually harmless and you generally get the idea of what the warning is all about.  And sometimes warning labels can be interpreted in different ways depending on how they are read. At the Windsor 4th of July fireworks show we got a laugh at the following label found on a 16” shell:

 

Warning

Extremely Dangerous

Directions for Firing

Bury 3/4th of mortar in ground, surround with sand bags.  Light fuse before put in mortar and step back in a safe distance.  Do not have any part of body over mouth of mortar tube at any time.

 

Everything seems fine except for the part about light fuse before putting the shell into the mortar tube.  The fuse is only about 4” long, I don’t know how long it would take to burn, probably about 4 seconds!  I couldn’t get to a safe distance in that time if I took 20’steps.  Another little issue is that the shell weighs 60 lbs and the mortar is 7’ tall. Dropping a 60 lb shell 7’ to the bottom of a tube with a burning fuse on the other end is not my idea of safe and sane.  But then again I didn’t write the instructions. 

 

I think that the warning label makes more sense if re-formatted just a little bit.

 

Warning: Extremely Dangerous Directions for Firing.

Bury 3/4th of mortar in ground, surround with sand bags.  Light fuse before put in mortar and step back in a safe distance.  Do not have any part of body over mouth of mortar tube at any time.

 

More to come on the 4th of July hapenings.  Always a good time of the year.

-pf

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3 thoughts on “Warning label

  1. S. Le says:

    Whilst examining the photo I noticed it said “Play Shells”. No need for a warning then, yeah?

  2. planetross says:

    I thought the same as S. Le when I read this earlier.

    I’ve read some pretty strange translated instructions living in Japan. I’m starting to understand them … which is a bit alarming.

    I hope you had fun exploding stuff for the crowds on July 4th!

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