An historical archive of the year of the great flood.

A long-standing tradition in Jamestown’s 4th of July celebrations is the Anvil Shoot. In the 18oos local miners would entertain themselves with this amazing display by placing heavy iron anvils face-to-face on top of each other and igniting the black powder gently placed in the space between them. History does not record how many miners blew themselves up in the process. But the tradition lives on as video’d by Kyle Williams.

I photographed the making of an Anvil Shoot in 2005. View the insets clockwise starting in the lower left. –Steve–
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