Photo credit: www.tannerite.com
Continuing on with our Fourth of July adventures, we have to talk about Tannerite.
The family we spent the Fourth with has four rambunctious boys plus several rambunctious girls, and we’ve heard lots of adventuresome stories about when they were younger. And remember, we’re talking about the Texas Hill Country brand of adventure. So guns, lost teeth, big noises and dead animals often figure into the story. Over the years, I’ve heard a story or two about the boys’ experiences with something called Tannerite. Something about a big boom and duck for cover.
Well, this holiday allowed me to experience Tannerite first hand.
Before I go any further, ladies, if your husbands were raised in the backwoods of Texas or Tennessee or any other hillbilly state, ask them if they know anything about Tannerite. You might get a good first-hand story or two.
But for the rest of you, you’ll have to make do with my story.
So we’re sitting around waiting for the fireworks to begin, and one of the boys (18) comes out of the house with an ENORMOUS, I mean ENORMOUS gun. It’s the kind that you get one look at and you have to wonder why in the world a good law-abiding citizen would need something like that.
“What are you going to do with that,” came the weary voice of his father.
Although when I was asked a minute later what was going on, I said I thought he said something about a can of rice. Tannerite, can of rice – it sounds similar.
All the men and boys followed the assassin around to the back of the house and the next thing you know, the loudest boom I have ever heard sent a shock wave that made it all the way to the front yard where I remained planted.
Another can of was detonated later, and the subject matter turned to where Tannerite can be bought. The answer was Cabellas, our local hunting and outdoorsman department store. Surely I thought there must be some legitimate purpose for this stuff, but for the life of me I couldn’t think of one. I mean, who would manufacture, and better yet who would buy a can of boom that is meant for nothing more than to go boom?
So I did my usual research and found no, absolutely not. The full purpose of a can Tannerite is to go boom when it is penetrated by the bullet of a rifle. If there is anything sitting in the immediate vicinity of the can when it is penetrated, it will be blown to bits, but there’s no fire, no fuse, not even a flash. It’s not even considered flammable. It actually is a oxygen stealer rather than producer and can actually extinguish and suppress fires. Other than the possibility of being impaled by the debris, it’s completely harmless. People who want target practice can set Tannerite at a long distance and they, as well as anybody else in the county, will know instantly whether they hit their target or not. Paper targets must be retrieved because you cannot see whether you hit your target from a long distance, hence the benefit of Tannerite.
Seriously though, I laughed all weekend long when I thought of it – grown boys paying money for a can of boom.
Here’s a video from the Tannerite website that shows a gallon of gasoline being blown up by a can of Tannerite but never igniting:
Only in Texas – or Tennessee, or maybe Louisiana . . .