Kerosene is also used as a fuel. Less than a cup (about 200ml) of hot kerosene is poured into a small hole near the breach of the cannon. A lighting stick is used to ignite the fumes and fire the cannon. Then fresh air is blown into the small hole and the cannon is fired again. It takes some practice to make the loudest bang. The bamboo is usually around 4 to 6 inches in diameter and 4 to 5 feet long.
Mert, Boy 'Gunner'; (Editor's Note: A Ranking Bureaucrat in Saudi Arabia Once Lighted Bamboo Cannon and Small Bawangs for the Author.)
Dec 27, 2007; Byline: Romeo V. Pefianco Mert Altares, now in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, sent this Christmas message: "Hello, Nong Roming, I read...