Located in Charlestown, Indiana, on the grounds of the old Indiana Army Ammunition Plant (INAAP), these strange ghostly shells are all that remain of the buildings where gunpowder was loaded into fabric bags.
|Various sizes of bags, each containing gunpowder for artillery or mortar rounds. When placed in a gun and ignited, the entire bag would burn, propelling the projectile out the tube and towards the target.|
|A shot from the distance, approaching a load building.|
|A pair of these concrete buildings is located within a larger complex of buildings and pathways, as seen in this photo.|
|Close up of the escape ramp. Working safety was a very big deal at the plant, and while these ramps would've been of minimal value during an explosion, they would have saved lives during a low energy fire.|
|Another photo of the outside of one of the buildings, showing its old footprint.|
|The buildings are constructed like large tunnels, with doorways windows leading to the various rooms.|
|This is the remains of an elevator shaft. The second floor was apparently constructed of wood, so that after the fire, nothing is left of it. All exploration was done at ground level.|
|Another shot of the long tunnel, windows visible.|
|A warning, still stenciled on the walls of the building. An explosion in the building would kill you before you knew that something had even happened. Two deadly accidents occurred at the plant.|
|Another exterior shot, looking like some strange Aztec ruins in the jungle.|
Another later post will cover some of the other buildings in the same complex. Stay tuned in for updates.
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