Welcoming the new year with a cannon


Carbidschieten (igniting calcium carbide in a milk churn) is a popular New Year’s eve tradition in the rural areas of the Netherlands.

It seems that these days milk churns are considered too small for a decent bang, and bigger and better cannons are built. Not always with the desired effect. The following video’s were shot in Triemen in Friesland on December 31.

(Video: Youtube / Vancha112)

(Video: Youtube / Uko van der Meulen)

Both videographers have more vids of ‘carbide shooting’ on their Youtube accounts.

Kids should not try this at home.


  1. How do you say “Hey ya’ll, watch this?” in Dutch?

    Looks like fun since I don’t own the house eh?

    Comment by Green_mantle — January 9, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

  2. Oh dear. What a strange tradition…

    Comment by AmsterdaMummy — January 10, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

  3. Something fitting for this movie could be:
    “Kijken naar dit slecht filmpje !”


    Comment by eslaporte — January 23, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

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