posted on Sep, 1 2003 @ 11:08 AM
I have a feeling what was being described was something like this:
This picture is from a commercially available source of 12 gauge specialty ammunition. This is called a Dragons Breath round, and is a 12 gauge
shotshell filled with aluminum and magnesium filings that combust at extremely high temperatures.
In this shotgun borne guise, it is relatively harmless, as it doesn't contain sufficient material to start serious fires, ect. It is used mainly in
crowd control situations, especially at night, because due to the low volume of combustibles, it produces a very bright light more than anything else.
However, in the militarized version, it has far more volume of combustible material, and is a very formidable incendiary weapon.
When fired, the Dragon's Breath compounds react together and burning metals are thrusted down range 90 to 110 yards. The blast is tremendous. At
night, you'll experience a temporary white-out effect!
During the Vietnam era, the military had developed a similar round for psychological warfare. However, the round burned all organic matter in its'
path and was removed from use as being too inhumane for combat use.