The Washington Post
A government scientist has developed a device to enable police to stun
and subdue kidnappers or terrorists without endangering hostages.
Mark Grubelich of the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque created
a stun grenade about the size of a soda can that creates a blinding,
deafening but harmless explosion.
Existing stunning devices can cause serious injury if they explode too
close to a person.
The new device is made of plastic and contains a metal powder that is
forced out of 16 quarter-inch holes in the bottom. The particles hang in
air momentarily before igniting by combining with oxygen. Because the powder
explodes outside the container, the blast is far less likely to harm anyone