Ben's Brit Blaster

Meyerowitz, Rick
October 2009
Military History;Oct/Nov2009, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p80
The article focuses on the Ben's Brit Blaster, a weapon designed and constructed by U.S. statesman Benjamin Franklin. The weapon involves cannons hanging from kites flown above British soldiers which would blast once charged with electricity coming from lighting rods. It recalls that the U.S. government did not approve its usage. The weapon was tested in a potato field outside Paris, France in which the electricity charged into the Blaster was not strong enough to harm an army but sufficient enough to fry the potatoes in the field.


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