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Arizona business develops device that can destroy suspicious packages

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A valley business is playing a big role in helping keep people safe at this year's Boston Marathon.

They are arming the Boston Bomb Squad with portable devices that can safely destroy suspicious packages.

You're looking at the Carbonfire 10 in action. It's basically a small cannon, powered by high pressure water used by military and police bomb squads to disrupt -- basically destroy suspicious devices.

"This is the result of a water shot on the ammo can.  It just popped the lid right off and exposed all the contents," said Rich Langer.

Langer is the president of Concept Development Corporation in Fountain Hills.  His company created the Carbonfire 10 and says it was used by the Boston police bomb squad after last year's bombing as authorities zeroed in on the suspects.

"They were throwing bombs and all kids of IEDs out of their car and there was a box out there with something in it -- they didn't know what it was, so they used the Carbonfire 10 to disrupt it with water and it was full of electronic components to make other bombs."

Boston police have five of the disruptors, but needed more for this year's marathon security plan.

"And I was asked to supply them some loaners, so I did.  I sent three of them up there," said Langer.

Each Carbonfire 10 costs about $5,500, but since a lot of departments don't have extra money in their budgets, Langer says he is willing to help out by lending them to cities if they need them.


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