- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Coast Guardsmen in Juneau have begun training with a warning signal fired from a shotgun.

KINY-radio (https://bit.ly/1j4rkHS) reports security patrols will be equipped with a signal fired from a 12-gauge shotgun, the LA51.

The signal can travel up to 328 feet. It ignites in midair and produces a flash and a loud bang.

The signal is used to get the attention of boat drivers when other means such as lights, sirens and marine-band radio don’t work.

Boaters who see the signal are supposed to slow down and switch to Channel 16 on their radios to listen for instructions from the Coast Guard.

The LA51 warning signal has been used on patrols seeking to prevent drug shipments.


Information from: KINY-AM, https://www.kinyradio.com

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