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Plastic Grenades

You've seen plastic bullet, now plastic grenades
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What with police threatening to Use Plastic Bullets and Rubber Bullets to control crowds if riots breakout, why not have plastic/rubber grenades?

Police officers could simply throw them into the crowd. Much less hassle and risk compared to the aimed Plastic/Rubber bullets where the user has to take time to stop and aim, risking a shower of bricks and petrol bombs.

The grenades would only have a low power explosive charge, and would simply shower everyone with hot plastic/rubber. (Wax could be used - still painfull but would cause less permanent damage.)

Alterantive, could we just issue police with guns with cameras on, and allow them to shoot rioter, and use the video from the camera to prove they really were rioters. No scrap that - they would just claim they were pretending to riot and get £2 million in compensation.

CasaLoco, May 01 2001

Something like this? http://www.fas.org/...1/sys/land/xm84.htm
[sirrobin, May 01 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Or maybe one of these... http://www.tjacorp...._security_produ.htm
[sirrobin, May 01 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Or even this... http://www.alsetex....alsetexweb/edbd.htm
.. in short, baked. [sirrobin, May 01 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Custard Cult http://www.halfbake...idea/Custard_20Cult
Worship of the stuff innovators thrive on. [Aristotle, May 01 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Nerf shrapnel grenades? http://sluggy.com/d/001213.html
Listed among the things made of Nerf in panel 3. Warning: cartoon may be incomprehensible out of context. [Uncle Nutsy, May 01 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Some other alternatives http://www.brunchin...ures/nonlethal.html
Courtesy of Brunching Shuttlecocks. [sirrobin, May 01 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       Aren't stun grenades a bit like this? No plastic or rubber but a blast that deafens, shocks and winds you but doesn't do long lasting damage. They use them when storming hi-jacked planes etc..
Gordon Comstock, May 01 2001

       Asian firework producers baked this thousands of years ago. If they had split the atom before the West, we'd still be picking cotton out of our ears.
reensure, May 01 2001

       So-called "stun grenades" are not so harmless as you might think. They can frequently cause permanent hearing damage, and if one happens to go off very near someone (e.g. within 3 meters) they can cause severe or fatal injury.   

       Anyone who tosses such a device into an occupied building without looking to ensure it won't land so close to someone should be charged with, at minimum, reckless endangerment. Unfortunately, such recklessness seems to be common and accepted among today's "law-enforcement" personnel.
supercat, May 01 2001

       Not to mention that the thermite core that is the fuse in a standard grenade is massively hot. Apart from pieces of rubber, the reciepients of such a device would also be treated to third degree burns. Grenades were never designed with 'humane' design in mind. Better not to encourage excessive force.
RobGraham, May 01 2001

       Then how about Nerf Grenades?
globaltourniquet, May 01 2001

       CO2 cartridge grenades?
nick_n_uit, May 02 2001

       All of these devices sound quite brutal. CasaLoco is right, we need alternatives.   

       Putrid Carp Grenade: A half-meter trashfish coated with plastic and allowed to repose in the sun until it is pressurized. Completely organic, except for the plastic sealant. Carp bursts on impact, and victim(s) are incapacitated by violent retching.   

       Wheezing Furball: 5 kilos of mixed cat dander and itching powder in a pressurized cardboard cannister. The lid pops off to release a cloud of allergenic misery. Achoo!   

       Cannabis Cannon: Rather cheap manky weed set to smoldering and lobbed into the crowd. Flexible mesh container prevents injuries in the event of a direct hit. Soon the erstwhile rioters are giggling and wandering off to look for munchies.   

       Surely we can end man's inhumanity to man, one gag at a time.
Dog Ed, May 02 2001

       Custard grenades are surely the answer.
Gordon Comstock, May 02 2001

       Actually a custard cannon would have some effect as this would slow people down and be a safe material for spraying at protestors. TV gunge, as used in kids shows, is edible and uses the same principle.   

       Also this way rioters would get their just desserts.
Aristotle, May 02 2001

       If you take away all the puns, soon only criminals will have puns.
thumbwax, May 05 2001

       i'm up for it (especially Dog Ed's ideas), but does anyone have a clue how this relates to the category??
industrial, Sep 01 2002

       Spray K-Y under high pressure. Maybe all the rioters will fall down on the slippery road surface and break open their molotov cocktails by accident, blowing themselves up in the process. Or at least thay'll knock themselves out.   

       My friend keeps coming up with an idea for firing microwaves at protesters, warming their skin to an umcomfortable level,
Macwarrior, Mar 23 2003

       //...an idea for firing microwaves at protesters, warming their skin...//
FlyingToaster, Aug 09 2009

       The idea is definitely Baked. A quick flick through Jane's Infantry Weapons produces a number of reliable suppliers.
8th of 7, Aug 09 2009


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