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  • The Redhill Container was part of the standard British air raid precautions equipment used in immediate response to small incendiary bombs in the 2-pound range. The container was a metal box of sufficient strength to contain a burning magnesium incendiary bomb indefinitely. The container's design and handle allowed an incipient firefighter (a resident of a house or a fire warden) to place the burning bomb in the box with a scoop and then carry it away without injury. -- from Ogden's Cigarettes, "Extinction of Incendiary Bomb," in Air Raid Precautions, Number 17, cigarette card, United Kingdom, no date (believed to be pre-World War II)

    October 17, 2008