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A fire grenadeExtinguisher grenades

Glass extinguishers or fire grenades, like the Harden Star (pictured right) were sold in the early 1900s. In the event of a fire, the grenade was to be thrown into the burning room, where it would (hopefully) break and allow the chemical it contained to escape and extinguish the fire. It is possible that many contained a liquid which would vaporise when released from the glass sphere and could, perhaps, extinguish a small fire. However, some people were concerned that some of the liquids used would produce deadly, toxic vapours!

Firex extinguisher grenadeThe Firex Extinguisher was made in Herne Bay, Kent. 

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