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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 285 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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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.
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DENYS PETAU (1583-1652)

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