Back in September of last year, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Scientists built the world’s first handheld anti-riot sonic weapon.
The device, as stated by the team, utilizes “focused waves of low frequency sound”, in order to produce “extreme discomfort, with vibrations in the eardrums, eyeballs, stomach, liver, and brain”.
The sound produced by the weapon is likely in the category of infrasounds, which are below 20 hertz, and are known to cause vertigo as well as most of the other symptoms that the team mentioned.
Amazingly, the device has no moving parts, and uses an inert gas that when heated, emits a “deep, monotonous sound” According to Professor Xie Xiujuan, lead Scientist on the team.
Western Civilization has a similar means of weaponizing sound, because, well, we weaponize everything.
Aptly, and without any creativity, it is referred to as the Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD for short, and apparently, it delivers one wallop of a blast.
Unlike the aforementioned Chinese Sonic gun, which uses low-frequency, inaudible sounds, the LRAD uses an incredibly loud, high-pitched shriek that according to one lucky bystander by the name of Andrew Neef, made him feel as if his “head was going to pop,”.
Neef is a journalist, who, believe it or not, had no intention of being shot with a concussion wave of directed sound energy.
Apparently he had been covering a story about the Pittsburgh G20 protests in 2009 when the police used the LRAD to disperse the large crowd. Neef was hit hard, but he continued to hold his camera steady while his brain felt as if it were “vibrating in a bowl of jelly,”.
But, according to the Pheonix Police Department in Arizona, who won the approval to buy two LRADs, the devices will only be used for communication, and not for weaponization, as it was used in Pittsburgh.
Communication? Sounds like a euphemism to me.
Neef said that even when the LRAD was being used to communicate to the crowd he was in, it sounded like “the voice of God coming down to your ear,”
I don’t know about you, but the next time I show up to a riot, I’ll be wearing ear protection.