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Police to test laser that 'blinds rioters'

By Matthew Holehouse

11:34AM GMT 11 Dec 2011

A shoulder-mounted laser that emits a blinding wall of light capable of repelling rioters is to be trialled by police under preparations to prevent a repeat of this summer's looting and arson.

The technology, developed by a former Royal Marine commando, temporarily impairs the vision of anyone who looks towards the source.

It has impressed a division of the Home Office which is testing a new range of devices because of the growing number of violent situations facing the police.

The developer, British-based Photonic Security Systems, hopes to offer the device to shipping companies to deter pirates. Similar devices have been used by ISAF troops in Afghanistan to protect convoys from insurgents.

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They didn't think of that one did they.

A 1,000,000 candle power flashlight and battery pack...

can also be quite useful, particularly if riot control is using night vision goggles and scopes.

No, no, no. It doesn't blind peoples eyes. It rests their eyes!

It simply prevents peoples eyes from seeing bad things happening. Really, if you think about it, the government thugs are protecting the protesters from evil! Yeah, that's it! This way the protesters can't see themselves being beaten or arrested which could cause emotional turmoil.


"Similar devices have been used by ISAF troops in Afghanistan to protect convoys from insurgents."

Yeah, I have one of those. =) Class 3B lasers are pretty intense stuff, and even diffused beams can cause permanent eye damage if exposure exceeds *HALF A SECOND*.

Honestly, if the company does a good job of producing a low mW laser that doesn't break 3R classification, I'm all for it. Temporary laser blindness sure as heck beats a billy club or mace in my book.

(info on laser classification here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laser_safety#Class_3B)

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What if it is classified as harmless but...

What if it is classified as harmless but has a fire select switch?, Temp Blind,Perm Blind and Fry?

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No worries about that

Laser classification is based on wavelength and power. The maximum possible setting determines how it's classified.

"Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's not difficult or illegal

It's not difficult or illegal (yet) to buy protective eyewear to shield against lasers.


Start carrying

mirrors.... 8)

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Thanks for the laugh on that.