By John Osborne, UT staff.
Santa Ana, California--A bomb blast video shown on American television before Thanksgiving suggests that LINE-X Corporation's Paxcon industrial coating could protect people from the effects of explosion.
In an investigative report broadcast on Thursday, 9 November 2006 by Fox 5 News (WNYW-TV) in New York, a bomb blast was simulated. Two cinder block structures were used. One was protected with the LINE-X product and one was not. Also segment producers had their own cinder blocks coated with LINE-X's Paxcon coating and then dropped with non-coated blocks onto a concrete pavement from the roof of a two-story building. According to a LINE-X statement the LINE-X coated blocks were not damaged upon impact, while the non-coated blocks shattered.
"What we're doing now has the potential to save lives," Steve Decker, Vice President of Operations for LINE-X, told Fox 5 News. "In a typical bomb blast, 80 per cent of the casualty comes from fragmentation of the building. The whole concept behind the PAXCON product is to mitigate that fragmentation by containing it, and increasing the exit time for the occupants of the building."
According to the company the polymer coating remains flexible from -40 degrees to 160 degrees C, is abrasion-resistant, chemical-resistant, fire retardant, and meets all EPA emission levels for VOCs (volatile organic compounds). LINE-X claimed: "Tests performed by the company using 200 pounds of TNT detonated at a 30-foot distance were shown to substantially reduce disintegration of building materials. In a separate test, a wall coated with the LINE-X industrial product remained intact up to a detonation equivalent of 1,000 pounds of TNT."