Robin M. MacDuffie

Pneumatic Debris Cannons

Few experienced theatre technicians would have trouble assembling the lights and sound equipment necessary to simulate the flash and noise of an explosion. But what about generating the flying debris that an explosion should cause? When such a need arises, a pneumatic debris cannon may offer the best solution. Figure 1 depicts the essential components of such cannons.

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FIGURE 1: DEBRIS CANNON PLUMBING GUIDELINES

SYSTEM COMPONENTS AND DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

All pneumatic debris cannons include a source of pressurized air, a release valve of some sort, assorted hoses and fittings, and a cannon barrel. ...

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