LAS VEGAS, Nev. - It seems inescapable; an eruption of violence has consumed our country.
Elementary schools, movie theaters, a marathon, even our neighborhoods are no longer the safe havens they once were.
But the solution may be found in the city of gambling and glitz.
Gigacrete founder Andrew Dennis told us, “It’s sad that we are in this place but we’ve got the materials for it.”
Inside a north Las Vegas warehouse, the company is working on an innovative, new product designed to save lives.
CEO Michael Johnson said, “If you can offer protection for people at home or school or anywhere there is violence, it’s a great thing.”
It’s called “Ballisticrete.”
It’s a thin, stucco-like product, mixed and applied like normal plaster.
“It can transform any new or remodeled building into a fortress,” Johnson said. “It’s basically a skin of plaster on the inside and outside.”
A thin, sturdy layer of protection, the “skin” can deflect Mother Nature.
It’s fire resistant and they claim “Ballisticrete” is capable of stopping a speeding bullet.
Johnson said, “We’ll throw a bunch of bullets down here and have some fun with it.”
The staff built a small house with a sheet of stucco “armor” and moved the reinforced walls to a Las Vegas firing range.
We unleashed a relentless barrage of bullets and to everyone’s amazement, nothing could penetrate the treated walls.
“Even we are surprised,” the CEO said. “That was some massive fire power. That is absolutely incredible. This will definitely save lives.”
From Alaska to Iraq, interest is huge from businesses, homeowners and governments.
“We’ve done rooms inside police stations,” Dennis said. “We’ve done an IRS agent’s bedroom and an FBI agent’s room. One of our goals is to get inside the school systems. We think we’re at the tip of the pyramid of what we can do and it will branch out in many, many directions.”