Graphene-Infused Bomb Resistant Trash Can Protects Against Terrorism

Created at their lab in Katy, Texas, Armor Upfitters recently tested different types of incendiary devices in their newly created trash can infused with graphene. Ordnance Lab teamed up with Armor Upfitters ( to put a prototype of their Bomb Resistant Trash Can (BRTC) to the test against a pipe bomb and a hand-grenade.

Mannequins were placed nearby to show what would happen to anyone in the vicinity of the trash can. The experiment first “blew up” an ordinary trash can.

The graphene-based trash can was then used and first “blown up” with 700 grams of Tannerite in a pipe bomb. The can’s secondary and tertiary layers contained the bomb. The mannequins were four to five feet away from the trash can and were intact with no damage.

“These (trash cans) are going to be about 40 pounds and cost effective. You could use them for single events, political rallies or whatever,” Billy Gibbons, the owner of Armor Upfitter said.

A more powerful grenade was then used in the fifteen-minute video with positive results as well.

Gibbons noted that “we use graphene in our polymers and lubricants.”

CEO of the National Graphene2D Association, John Weathersby, notes this real-world application of graphene shows the strength and importance of the nanotechnology.

“Using graphene in an ordinary trash can to protect the US and world from terrorist bombs of all kinds is a great use for graphene,” Weathersby said. “We live in a dangerous world but graphene can be put on the front lines for all of our protection.”

Check out the full video here.

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