This image is cropped from a larger photo. I could have gotten closer, but not too much. In case you are wondering, there is no projectile used, but this is still dangerous. Even though this Confederate cannon is not likely to explode when there is no cannon ball used precautions must be taken. I heard of a case when a man lost his hand while loading the charge into the barrel that was not properly prepped. Some embers were still smoldering. And yes, it is loud.