variants or flash-bang grenade or flash grenade
plural flash-bangs or flash-bang grenades or flash grenades
: an explosive device that produces a blinding flash of light and a sudden, loud noise intended to temporarily stun, distract, and disperse people and that is thrown by hand or projected
Flash-bangs have become a popular but controversial diversionary tactic used by SWAT teams. The devices give officers key seconds to make tactical moves and are especially useful in hostage situations.Michael S. Rosenwald
When armed motorcades arrive at the entrance, Marines toss flash-bang grenades to clear the crowd.Gregg Zoroya
Late in the afternoon, officers fired about a dozen flash grenades at the suspect. The loud, bright projectiles seemed to disorient him, and officers were able to rush in and take him into custody.Jenna Lyons and Peter Fimrite

called also stun grenade

Examples of flash-bang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Courtney Price said police deployed flash-bang devices that sent her 1-year-old son, Waylon — who has pre-existing heart and lung conditions — to the hospital with burns. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 17 Jan. 2024 The authorities deployed two flash-bang devices outside of the house, per the Elyria Police Department’s news release posted on Facebook that night. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 The toddler's mother Courtney Price told CBS News that Elyria Police broke a window and deployed a flash-bang near her 17-month-old son Waylon during the raid on Jan. 10. Sarah Al-Arshani, The Enquirer, 16 Jan. 2024 Courtney Price said police broke a window and deployed a flash-bang near her 17-month-old son, Waylon, who was already on a ventilator. Nikki Battiste, CBS News, 15 Jan. 2024 Following the gas, the attackers entered the bunker and began shooting and throwing flash-bang grenades. Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 11 Oct. 2023 In 2014, authorities arrested at least 100 people during a riot that broke out at the party, and used tear gas, pepper spray and flash-bang grenades to control the crowd. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2023 Officials arrested an Orlando man last year with 19 firearms, six silencers, three flash-bang grenades, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flash-bang was in 1954

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“Flash-bang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash-bang. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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