Instantaneous Blast CS Grenade Deployed at Standing Rock

Seven Generations 2020

Instantaneous Blast CS Grenade Deployed at Standing Rock
Defense Technology
aluminum and residual chemicals 
6 ⅛ x 2 ½ in.
lent by Nick Estes

During the #NoDAPL demonstrations in 2016 and 2017, North Dakota law enforcement used tear gas to force water protectors off roads or disperse crowds. Formally known as “riot control agents,” tear gas causes shortness of breath and irritation in the eyes, nose, and lungs of an exposed person. Prolonged exposure can lead to glaucoma, cataracts, and asthma.

On the manufacturer’s website, the purpose of the Instantaneous Blast Grenade “is to minimize the risks to all parties through pain compliance, temporary discomfort and/or incapacitation of potentially violent or dangerous subjects.” Because the substance is made of powder, the manufacturer does not recommend using it outside “where wind conditions may quickly move the agent past the target zone. However, this device is well suited for affecting numerous subjects grouped within a contained portion of a prison yard or area, using wind to the advantage.”