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Airman Burned During South Georgia Ray Gun Evaluation

By: AP edited by Harrison Hove Email
By: AP edited by Harrison Hove Email

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) _ An airman suffered second degree burns during an evaluation of a non lethal heat ray gun this week in south Georgia.

Officials say the injured airman was taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta after the incident Wednesday. He was mot identified.

Second degree burns can cause pain and superficial blisters.

Burn Center spokeswoman Beth Frits says the airman was released Friday.

He's a member of the 820th Security Forces Group, based at Moody Air Force Base, near Valdosta, which is evaluating the space age weapon, known as the Active Denial System.

It fires an electromagnetic beam that makes people feel as if they are about to catch fire.

Apart from creating a terrifying sensation, the technology is supposed to be a harmless, non lethal way to disrupt riots or persuade enemies to drop their weapons.


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