Stink Bombs

America's Police Will Fight the Next Riot With These Stink Bombs

It's called Skunk, a type of "malodorant," or in plainer language, a foul-smelling liquid. Technically nontoxic but incredibly disgusting, it has been described as a cross between "dead animal and human excrement." Untreated, the smell lingers for weeks.

The Israeli Defense Forces developed Skunk in 2008 as a crowd-control weapon for use against Palestinians. Now Mistral, a company out of Bethesda, Md., says they are providing it to police departments in the United States. [...]

The Israelis first used it in 2008 to disperse Palestinians protesting in the West Bank. A BBC video shows its first use in action, sprayed by a hose, a system that has come to be known as the "crap cannon."

Mistral reps say Skunk, once deployed, can be "neutralized" with a special soap -- and only with that soap. In another BBC video, an IDF spokesman describes how any attempt to wash it via regular means only exacerbates its effects. Six weeks after IDF forces used it against Palestinians at a security barrier, it still lingered in the air.

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9 Responses:

  1. mattyj says:

    "Technically nontoxic" is my new favorite double-speak.

  2. Will says:

    This has to violate some kind of human rights treaty

  3. neal says:

    I wonder how special that soap really is. I'll bet it won't be long before someone finds the rite solution.

  4. Kyle Huff says:

    Well, they can only use this stuff in places where they won't get in trouble for literally stinking up the whole neighborhood.

    Also [insert joke about smelly hippies here].

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