Why is St. Barbara Patron Saint of Artillery?

St. Barbara is a martyr who was killed by her father when she refused to renounce her faith. Her father was struck down by lightning after executing her. This association with lightning and explosions led to her become the patron saint of artillery, military engineers, miners, and others who work with explosives. St. Barbara lived somewhere in the area of modern-day Greece or Turkey in the 3rd century.
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