Coast Guard to begin use of new boater warning device

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The LA-51 is a boater warning device being used in support of the Coast Guard's coastal security mission when other methods fail to get the attention of boaters in violation of laws or regulations.

The device is a projectile fired from a 12-gauge shotgun at a range of more than 300 feet. It ignites in mid-air in front of the target vessel and produces a loud noise and bright flash similar to a firework. Other methods the Coast Guard currently use include lights, siren and marine-band radio.

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