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Non-lethal method to stop hostile boats tested

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The Coast Guard has a new way to identify and stop hostile boats heading toward secure areas. Two stations, one in Florida and one in Georgia, along the Gulf Coast are testing "warning munitions," which are non-lethal devices to be used against non-compliant boaters.

When radio and other efforts to halt an incoming boat fail, the Coast Guard can fire the new device, which is a 12-gauge shotgun shell.

The shell is fired into the path of an approaching boat and it will ignite, creating a bright flash and a loud sound.

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