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How a Grenade Works
Grenades have played a part in warfare for hundreds of years. They were originally developed around 1000 AD by the Chinese, just one application of their revolutionary gunpowder technology. Europeans came up with their own versions in the 15th and 16th centuries, with mixed results.
The typical design of these early grenades was a hollow metal container filled with gunpowder. Soldiers simply lit a wick and tossed the grenade -- as fast as they could. By the 18th century, these weapons had fallen out of favor: They weren't especially useful in the battle style of the time, and the simple design made them extremely dangerous.