The safe box

Published: Saturday 31 August 1996

The delivery of a suspicious-looking parcel can cause enormous disruption in the working hours of any organisation, even if it eventually proves to be entirely harmless. Algis, a Derby-based company in the UK, that specialises in blast protection equipment has designed a 'suspect device isolation unit' -- a safe-like box into which the suspect package can be locked and moved elsewhere to be examined or defused. If the bomb explodes, the device greatly reduces the force of the blast. The box is lined with a porous, resin-bonded aggregate material which inhibits the passage of the shock wave by breaking down as it absorbs some of the blast energy.

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