Interview with Franklin W. Bradway, 1958 February 13 [audio](part 2)

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  • Water steeping smokeless powder and other drying methods; Explosions during World War I
    Partial Transcript: "...it's true as you stated, now powder was rejected, though we did have a lot of scrap powder..."
    Synopsis: Bradway explains that part of why DuPont could produce as much powder as they did during World War I was due to a process of "water steeping" the powder, a method which hastened the process of drying out powder. He also talks about alcohol drying powder. He talks about a TNT explosion at DuPont's Repauno plant. He explains that smokeless powder does not explode, it burns fast and hot, and they had a few fires. He talks about the uses of black powder during World War I for ignition on cannons and large guns. He talks about lightning strikes at Carney's Point. He discusses packing the gunpowder.
    Keywords: Alcohol drying; Carney's Pont (N.J.); E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Repauno Works; Hagley Yard; Smokeless gunpowder; Water steeping; World War (1914-1918)