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No. The weight of the iron ball at the speed it was thrust, did the damage not any explosions. As above. Strictly speaking cannon balls are solid, the ones that explode on impact or during flight are shells.

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Cannonballs do not explode. They are solid iron and their destruction comes from sheer force of impact. The gun powder is in the cannon. It's explosion propels the projectile, (Cannonball), into the direction the cannon is pointed. It is the same principle used in in a cap and ball, black powder pistol, or rifle. The powder ignites and the ensuing explosion propels the ball, or bullet, forward!

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There were 3 basic types of projectiles fired from most cannons during the Civil War.

1- Solid shot. These were round projectiles of solid steel.

2- Shell. These were usually conical nose and had a fuse that would burn through to ignite the powder inside the shell. The fuse could be adjusted to explode at different intervals after it left the barrel.

3- Cannister (or grape shot). This was a load of multiple small balls that flew out in all directions after it left the barrel. Sometimes, they would make the cannister shot out of nails and scrap metal.

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Cannon balls would not blow up. The newspaper must have gotten something wrong - maybe they meant to say a mine blew up. Cannon balls are solid metal - they do damage when the cannon blows them out at high speed like a bullet. Cannon balls can explode, during the civil war era cannon balls were in use that were just a hallow shell of metal and had gun powder and pieces of metal on the inside an di fuse was placed in the cannon ball and when fired the fuse would ignite and then would burn the fuse and ignite the gun powder inside the cannon ball. There were also some cannon balls that would explode on impact using friction strips on the inside that would create a spark and ignite the gun powder on the inside. So yes cannon balls can explode, the type of cannon ball the person above me is referring to is called solid shot, there are a lot other types out there like cannister, and grape shot, and connical shaped rounds and even hexagonal shaped rounds just to name a few, but yes cannon balls can explode

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