What is a flash bang? CBS46 gets a demonstration - CBS46 News

What is a flash bang? CBS46 gets a demonstration

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CBS46 got a first-hand demonstration on how a flash bang is used after a toddler was critically injured by the device during a drug raid in Cornelia on May 28.

Members of a different SWAT team, from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office, met a CBS46 news crew at the county's firing range on Wednesday to demonstrate how a flash bang is used.

"The flash bang creates a diversion by emitting a loud bang and a flash of fight," said Sgt. Don Brown, who is the assistant commander of the DeKalb County SWAT team.

Only SWAT officers who are trained and certified to use flash bangs are allowed to deploy them.

The bang, flash and the smoke give SWAT officers enough distraction and cover to safely make their move.

"If you didn't have this type of device, this diversionary type of device, you are risking - you are allowing the subject to be somewhat ready for your approach," Brown said.

A flash bang works similar to a grenade. An officer pulls the pin and then throws the flash bang. The big difference is that the flash bang does not break into fragments.

"This is a non-fragmented device. It does not create any shrapnel. It's primarily just to disorient that subject."

Since the incident in Cornelia, which is located in Habersham County, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has gotten involved, after demands from the family and community leaders.

The 19-month-old toddler, Bounekahm "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh, was recently moved from Grady Memorial Hospital to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Eggleston.

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