Above-ground magazine at Fort McHenry

Above-ground magazine at Fort McHenry

As Fort McHenry sticks out into Baltimore Harbor, surrounded on three sides by brackish salt water, it wasn’t possible to have an underground magazine. Fort McHenry features a large above-ground magazine with a brick exterior and thick walls. Inside, wooden walls and flooring reduce the chance of sparks setting off the black powder.

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As Fort McHenry sticks out into Baltimore Harbor, surrounded on three sides by brackish salt water, it wasn’t possible to have an underground magazine. Fort McHenry features a large above-ground magazine with a brick exterior and thick walls. Inside, wooden walls and flooring reduce the chance of sparks setting off the black powder.

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