What would, theoreticlly, happen if you were to eat gunpowder?

Theoreticlly speaking, what would happen if one were to consume gunpowder.

I didn't eat it... it's just theoretical.

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  • Modern gun powder contains many chemicals other than sulfur, charcoal. nitrocelluous as well as other chemicals are used to make modern gun powder.

    Ingested in large amounts would be harmfull but trace amounts after shooting or hand-loading would have little effect. You should always wash your hand after hunting or hand loading as there is lead in the bullets and some primers used. As a bullet is pushed down a barrel some lead is also shaved off and sent downrange with the bullet.

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    Modern single or double based powders? You won't like it. From a handy can of Hercules Unique; inhalation, skin contact or ingestion may cause severe headache, nausea, and lowering of blood pressure. Being high in nitrogen it will green up your lawn if you sprinkle it around.

  • "Sometime, dig up a copy of 'Day of the Jackal' by Frederick Forsyth; in it he describes how soldiers in WW2 could sometimes fake sickness by taking apart a rifle cartridge and eating the nitrocellulose gunpowder (cordite).

    It reacts badly with stomach acid and gives you a bad set of cramps and the runs. Basically, it's a 24-hour flu, complete with a deathly-grey face and the shakes.

    When the book came out, one of the reviewers commented that he and his buddies in North Africa had done just that, in 1943, and it worked just as written.

    Aside from that, it's a poison, ok?"

  • Well its not good for you! Never heard of it being snorted But its was drunk mixed with rum by pirates as a macho thing to do! it will induce all the symptoms of a major heart condition.

  • You would immediately qualify for top spot in this year's Darwin Awards for crass stupidity resulting in life termination!

  • EAS = Explosive A** Syndrome

  • I think it would kill your libido. Didn't they used to give prisoners salt peter to keep their urges under control?

  • You'd likely get extremely ill or die. CONTACT A POISON CONTROL CENTER IMMEDIATELY!

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