The rod was accidentally discharged while being employed in loading, and struck a person a few paces away.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
All were on deck when Mr. Gibbs stood ready to discharge the bomb on top of the rod, and all eyes were fixed upon the iceberg.
"The Great Stone of Sardis" by Frank R. Stockton
Contact would discharge the torpedo and bend this iron rod.
"Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879" by Various
While a few rods distant, they heard the discharge of a rifle, and in no little trepidation they hastened back to their friends.
"Adrift in the Wilds" by Edward S. Ellis
An iron rod, by successively receiving an electrical discharge, is sometimes reduced in size.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various