Fei Yun Pi Li Pao (飛雲霹靂砲)

Ming Chinese Eruptor Proto-Cannon
A Fei Yun Pi Li Pao, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.
Fei Yun Pi Li Pao (飛雲霹靂砲, lit. 'Flying cloud thunder cannon/bomb') is a type of cannon that fires explosive shell. It is superficially similar to Ba Mian Xuan Feng Tu Wu Hong Lei Pao (八面旋風吐霧轟雷砲), however unlike the aforementioned cannon, explosive shells launched from this cannon are filled with only one type of gunpowder (usually incendiary, although poison smoke, ceramic fragmentation and blinding dust can be used as well).

Fei Yun Pi Li Pao is also called Eruptor proto-cannon (a problematic translation at best) and it is often erroneously believed to be invented during Song or early Ming period. In fact, there's nothing proto about this "proto-cannon" at all.

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