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  • n  a type of dynamite in which the nitroglycerin is absorbed in a base of wood pulp and sodium or potassium nitrate

  • Though the two, Francis McGirl, 24, and Thomas McMahon, 31, are pleading innocent, detectives testified that they had traces of gelignite explosive material, sand and paint from .
  • They had been made from batteries, alarm clocks and gelignite, a gelatin dynamite or "safe" explosive favored by British safecrackers.
  • But not a single gun was fired; since the few ancient artillery pieces in Apia were unsafe, police simulated the salute by exploding 19 charges of gelignite buried in the sand.

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