Man (23) was killed in traditional carbide shooting


A 23-year-old man died during the traditional carbide shooting on New Year’s Eve in the Netherlands. About 40 people witnessed the accident.

After the accident in the village of Diessen near Eindhoven, the young man was flown by helicopter to the hospital on Saturday afternoon, where he died of his serious injuries, ANP news agency reports on the basis of the police. What exactly happened is not known in the evening – according to media reports, the police assume an accident, but want to hear all witnesses.

Carbide shooting involves placing small carbide stones in an old large metal milk jug or sludge tanker and wetting them to create gas. The can, closed with a plastic ball, is then ignited via an ignition hole, causing the ball to shoot dozens of meters away and make a resounding bang (see also YouTube video below). Sometimes several barrels are fired at the same time.

Carbid shooting is part of the intangible cultural heritage in the Netherlands, the tradition comes from the Germans.

Source: Krone


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