Several reporters at the scene of Sunday’s terror attack in Garland, Texas, stated that police used an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device when examining the suspected shooters’ vehicle for explosives.
According to NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely, an explosion sound was heard from the suspects’ vehicle shortly after the police bomb squad told media personnel to disable all electronics.
Explosion heard from direction of Garland Convention center at 11:40pm-police had told media to turn off all electronics to protect @NBCDFW
— Kevin Cokely (@KevinCokelyNBC5) May 4, 2015
“Garland police had warned of electronic magnetic pulse…” Cokely said on Twitter.
Following the explosion, NBC 5’s Jocelyn Lockwood, who captured the event on film, said that police refused to comment on the sound’s origin.
A separate reporter, Fox 4’s Zahid Arab, told Twitter followers that police had warned of further “electronic pulses” after the initial explosion.
Garland PD says one blast down, but chance they may send out more electronic pulses
— Zahid Arab (@ZahidArabFox4) May 4, 2015
Technology experts, including the ACLU’s Christopher Soghoian, debated on social media over whether Garland police or federal agents were responsible for the device.
If confirmed, I guess we’ll have to add EMP devices to the growing list of military tech trickling down to domestic US law enforcement. — Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) May 4, 2015
Police later stated that no explosives were found in the vehicle but that several suspicious items were detonated. Since the incident, no comment has been made by law enforcement on the reported EMP device.
Infowars was unable to reach the Garland Police Department’s public and media relations representative for clarification at the time of publishing.