Report on the Initial Testing of Suspect Tiger Tail Comets

K. L. and B. J. Kosanke

It was previously reported that two out of forty 5-inch White Tiger Tail comet shells had explosively malfunctioned upon firing, destroying their mortars and the racks that contained them.[1] While traveling to conduct display safety training, it was arranged to visit the display company that experienced the problem with the comet shells. During that visit, the damaged mortars were inspected, photographed and sampled for pyrotechnic residues; the problem shells and some similar items were dissected, their components weighed and photographed; and fifty of the comet shells were test fired while being video taped. This article reports on that work.

Ref: Selected Pyrotechnic Publication of K.L. and B.J Kosanke, Part 7, (2003-2004), pp 45-47

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