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Petard

PETARD (Fr. petard, peter, to make a slight explosion), a device formerly used by military engineers for blowing in a gate or other barrier. It consisted of a small metal or wooden case, usually of sugar-loaf shape, containing a charge of powder and fired by a fuse.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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