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Ray Kostel, 79, of Wagner, talks about his homemade cannon Thursday afternoon. Kostel built the cannon by hand using parts from farm equipment. (Sean Ryan/Republic)

Homemade cannon is built to blast

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WAGNER -- It was a dream come true for Ray Kostel.

He was compelled to build a cannon. And while there was no book or blueprint, Kostel says there was a divine guide.


"There was only one God who could have helped me build it," he said. "And He did."

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