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Would a flash grenade blind you if you were wearing night vision goggles?

Asked by intro24 (1431points) July 15th, 2008

I’m sure it would damage the goggles but would the flash grenade blind you or does something about the night vision goggles block the lights intensity?

Just a random question I wondering about.

Thanks.

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marinelife's avatar

I found this data point. I cannot vouch for its validity:

“The main drawback of night vision is that it limits the width of your vision slightly, and increases the blindness effect caused by flash grenades.”

8lightminutesaway's avatar

I doubt it would blind you… its an electronic screen on the inside right? I doubt it has the capability of blinding someone, it probably just goes white and gets really bright. I’m sure it hurts, but people can look at welding arcs for short periods without going permanently blind. I don’t recommend it.

intro24's avatar

I just asked if it would blind you as it would without night vision goggles. Anyway, thanks for answering.

Lightlyseared's avatar

It would blind you for the rest of your life (that is until the person with flash grenade shoots you).

marinelife's avatar

Temporary blindness, people.

XCNuse's avatar

If anything I think an NVG would help you, of course you would still be extremely hindered by not being able to hear anything from the bang of the FB grenade.

Like stated, NVGs use screens which typically use infrared sensors for you to see in the dark, and they are also sometimes one eyed, so yes if it was one eyed you could be screwed, if it was two eyed, they typically have a rubber shield on them to allow you to see stuff below you (dashboard of a car, or if you have to change the ammo in a gun), so there is some light seepage.

Here, look at it this way, if a big bright explosion goes off on your tv from a movie, does it blind you? No, your screen can only be but so bright, did it blind the filmmakers and actors? Probably.

Knotmyday's avatar

From the ATN website

CUSTOMER IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT OPERATION OF THE EQUIPMENT
DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS OR UNDER ANY EXCESSIVE LIGHT CONDITIONS MAY PERMANENTLY DAMAGE THE INTERNAL COMPONENTS OF THE UNIT AND SAID DAMAGE WILL NOT BE COVERED UNDER THIS WARRANTY.

With a damaged unit, you will effectively be blind. So, yes, sort of.

8lightminutesaway's avatar

lol, effectively blind. until you take them off.

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