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Magazine Sprinkler System

 

The current method for protecting munitions from fire is the magazine sprinkler system.

 

The primary purpose of this system is to prevent a dangerous rise of temperature within the
 magazine due to a fire in other compartments, and secondarily, to extinguish incipient fires within
 the magazine involving high flash point flammable liquids or ordinary combustibles. With few
 exceptions, the system was not designed nor tested to extinguish or control burning explosives or  
 propellants. These materials typically have their own oxidizers and burn at extremely high
 temperatures; in some cases underwater.

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