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riot control explosives

its not our fault if you get blown up
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This is for riot control in relatively open areas like parks and large roads. The bomb consists of a heavy base with booby traps so it goes off if you try to push it, carry it or otherwise tamper with it. It should be heavy and solidly build so it would be impossible to carry off or damage it with anything less than high powered armor piercing ammo. Explosive should be not too much, maybe several kg of high explosive. Casing would be thin metal or plastic to limit framents which will increase the lethal radius too much. Since you would need to protect the timing device and detonator maybe you could armor that and position it in such a way that fragments would be directed upwards or downwards. If you want to be fancy use a DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosive) for the explosive to limit the lethal radius. Just google how DIME works. Once you set the timer, it would be optional to include a mechanism for safe de-arming of the bomb. There is a big animated sign and an audio alert/countdown that turns on once the bomb is armed. The audio and visual alert also warns about the booby trap. Once it is armed, the riot police retreat to a safe distance. OF course multiple devices may be used. Of course there may be some broken glass but its a trade off.

For the rioters, you have a simple choice, stay in the area and get blown up or evacuate the area. If you did stay and died, you're a candidate for the Darwin awards.

vmaldia, Aug 09 2009

Kettling http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kettling
[normzone, Aug 12 2009]

CS Gas - [FlyingToaster] immune to it? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CS_gas
CS has a limited effect on animals due to "under-developed tear-ducts and protection by fur [normzone, Aug 12 2009]


       No wonder that you're a surgeon.
skinflaps, Aug 09 2009

       Area-denial weapons are baked [-]
AbsintheWithoutLeave, Aug 09 2009

       the reason they put riot-police out front with shields and clubs is because out back are arseholes who will push the crowd forward; cops/horses provide minimal damage to protesters (who generally are *not* enemies, at worst are simply small criminals). [-] for giving police more deadly toys to fuck up with. Anyways, tear gas usually works quite well.   

       ...shadows of Heinlein's "Starship Troopers":
"I am a thirty second bomb!"
FlyingToaster, Aug 09 2009

       // *not* enemies, at worst are simply small criminals //   

       "Those who are not with us, are against us ..... "   

       Tongue-in-cheek [+]   

       Besides, DIME is just a small-scale pad mine. Better, use microencapsulated salt, which would sting like buggery but be ultimately rather less damaging.
8th of 7, Aug 09 2009

       yah but how are you going to emplace them ? I still like using CS gas (which I'm immune to)
FlyingToaster, Aug 09 2009

       // how are you going to emplace them ? //   

       Attach them to street lights, telegraph poles and litter bins at ankle level, with an anisotropic radial dispersion profile.
8th of 7, Aug 09 2009

       or statues that sneeze.... of course local governments could simply borrow threshing machines: same result and with a baler attachment easy to clean up.
FlyingToaster, Aug 09 2009

       // borrow threshing machines //   

       Baked-ish; "Soylent Green" (although they used "scoops" based on garbage -disposal machines)   

       Strimmers ?
8th of 7, Aug 09 2009

       With the increasingly heavy-handed 'riot control' treatment of even peaceful demonstrations, I'm awaiting the appearance of countermeasures.   

       For mounted police, bring forth pikemen.   

       For riot-control explosives, some form of armour would help - perhaps armoured vehicles. Or the protesters might appropriate the police tactic of 'kettling' and get a few policemen underneath.   

       Countermeasures don't necessarily have to be escalatory - having good video footage of a few young flower-waving women being blown to shreds would be helpful in removing even the most stubborn of governments.
Loris, Aug 09 2009

       "Of course there may be some broken glass but its a trade off."   

       You're not a big fan of civil disobedience, I take it?
normzone, Aug 12 2009


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