Can a static spark set off black powder?

A very interesting experiment over at

The question of whether a static electric spark can set of black powder has been debated for a while, and I recall hearing of some previous experiments showing that it could not. Since I am involved in the design of a BP breechloader which is to be electrically fired, I resolved to put the matter to test in two experiments.

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Apparently sparks do not ignite blackpowder!

Read the article here.

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