Did it cause any damage to the downstream equipments?
If no,I think the rupturing capacity of the fuse might have been exceeded so that even though the fuse failed catastrophically,it nevertheless caused no damage to the downstream equipments it protected.Correct?
It didn't cause damage to any equipment, and as far as the cartridges, they get old and after blowing quite a few times, the boric acid lining wears out and the cartridge starts to deteriorate. After all, it gets hot in there extinguishing the arc. The fuse is designed to fail catastrophically, we just replace it and throw it in again.
I have seen things like voltage regulators on generators burnt out or some PLC boards burnt out after trying a fuse and it blows.