If Your Eardrums Burst At The London 2012 Olympics, Here’s Why.

Olympic Officals, in tandem with Great Britain’s Ministry of Defence, will be deploying sonic devices all around the London 2012 Olympics area as a security measure.

The devices – called Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) and manufactured here in the United States by San Diego-based LRAD Corporation – are designed to send verbal warnings over a long distance or emit a beam of pain-inducing tones that are sure to make you cringe. While the manufacturer claims that these LRAD devices have a decibel level just below the threshold of bursting your eardrums, people on the streets of London aren’t so sure.

The LRAD equipment (Model 1000Xi) was spotted fixed to a landing craft on the Thames river at Westminster earlier this week and a report on BBC news cites confirmation from the Ministry of Defence that these devices are indeed slated to be deployed.

Although the LRAD equipment manufacturer denies that this is a weapon and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) claim it would use these devices “primarily in the loud hailer mode”, these devices established their effectiveness as a weapon during the Iraq war, when the US Army deployed them in Iraq for “crowd control”.

A spokesman for the LRAD Corporation was also quoted in the BBC report as stating

The 1000Xi is an effective long range communications system that broadcasts focused, highly intelligible, multi-language messages, instructions and warnings over distances up to 3,000 metres to peacefully resolve uncertain situations.

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