Police ‘to get stink bombs’
BY MARK HENDERSON, SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT
A VERY offensive weapon could soon be added to
military and police arsenals: a potent ?stink bomb?
that overpowers rioters and demonstrators with
foul-smelling odours is being developed by scientists
in the United States.
The Pentagon has commissioned researchers to design a
universally unpleasant stench that incapacitates
people with nausea, while leaving them otherwise
unharmed, as an alternative to water cannon, rubber
bullets and teargas.
The stink bomb emits a reek of rotting rubbish, human
faeces and burning hair that stops people in their
tracks. The idea is to use it as a non-lethal weapon
for crowd and riots control without causing any
long-term injuries. Present methods have drawbacks:
teargas and CS gas can cause breathing troubles,
rubber bullets can kill; water cannon can cause impact
Scientists at Monell Chemical Senses Centre in
Philadelphia have been awarded a major contract by the
US Department of Defence to create the rancid odour.
Details of their research are published today in
Chemical and Engineering News, journal of the American