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Inventor develops nonlethal sonic weapon

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sept. 1 (UPI) -- A U.S. inventor says he's developed a non-lethal, portable sonic weapon that makes its targets drop their weapons and cover their ears.

Lee Bzorgi, director of the National Security Technology Center at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., says his new Banshee II device emits an ear-piercing, 144-decibel siren that can incapacitate those within range, the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel reported Tuesday.

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The newspaper said the prototype is powered by a 9-volt battery and uses proprietary circuitry to produce a noise loud enough to force people to immediately cover their ears with their hands.

"It also has a frequency-switching system that pumps your ear drums, so it sounds like there's a drum beating there," Bzorgi told the newspaper. "You physically feel it in your ear drum."

He told the News Sentinel the Banshee II has broad potential for law enforcement, such as an alternative to the Taser.

"It's useful in my opinion to have a non-lethal weapon that cannot kill people if you abuse it," he said. "So it is a true nonlethal weapon."

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