• Short Summary

    POCKET-SIZE CANISTERS OF CONCENTRATED TEAR-GAS, MADE AND MARKETED IN SOUTH AFRICA BY A WARTIME GAS EXPERT OF THE GERMAN ARMY, WERE DISTRIBUTED TO ARMS AND AMMUNITION DEALERS FOR SALE, TO WHITES ONLY, THROUGHOUT THE TRANSVAAL LAST SATURDAY.

  • Description

    POCKET-SIZE CANISTERS OF CONCENTRATED TEAR-GAS, MADE AND MARKETED IN SOUTH AFRICA BY A WARTIME GAS EXPERT OF THE GERMAN ARMY, WERE DISTRIBUTED TO ARMS AND AMMUNITION DEALERS FOR SALE, TO WHITES ONLY, THROUGHOUT THE TRANSVAAL LAST SATURDAY.

    THE GAS CAN BE EJECTED FROM THE CANISTER AT THE PUSH OF A BUTTON, AND EACH CANISTER CONTAINS ABOUT 80 SHOTS, DEPENDING ON THE DURATION OF EACH. IT IS CLAIMED THAT THE TEAR-GAS CAN BLIND A PERSON FOR TEN MINUTES; AND INCAPACITATE HIM FOR A FURTHER TEN MINUTE PERIOD; IS EFFECTIVE UP TO 12 FEET IN A CONFINED AREA, AND 6 FEET IN THE OPEN; AND WHILE BEING ENTIRELY EFFECTIVE WITHIN THE GIVEN TIME LIMITS, LEAVES NO LASTING EFFECTS.

    THE TEAR-GAS WILL BE MARKETED THROUGHOUT OUT SOUTH AFRICA AS SOON AS PRODUCTION CAN BE INCREASED, AND WILL BE SOLD, FOR R7.95 (ABOUT GBP4) TO ANY WHITE OVER THE AGE OF 18, WHO PRODUCES AN IDENTITY CARD.

    THE INVENTOR OF THE GAS, 51-YEAR-OLD GUNTHER MANFRED PRUSS, BELIEVES HIS CANISTERS WILL ANSWER THE PROBLEM OF PEOPLE WHO WISH TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, BUT ARE AVERSE TO HANDLING A FIREARM.

    ALTHOUGH THE TEAR-GAS DOES NOT FALL INTO THE DEFINITION OF REGULATIONS CONTROLLING DANGEROUS WEAPONS, MR. PRUSS SAYS HE HAS KEPT THE STATE AUTHORITIES INFORMED THROUGH EACH STAGE OF MANUFACTURE AND MARKETING OF THE GAS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA80BHID5W24K2NQZKA63QYYO42
    Media URN:
    VLVA80BHID5W24K2NQZKA63QYYO42
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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