Fermilab, Kane County Sheriff to calibrate gunshot detection system Oct. 17

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  • Andre Salles, Fermilab Office of Communication, asalles@fnal.gov, 630-840-6733

On Thursday, Oct. 17, from approximately 9 p.m. to midnight, Fermilab and the Kane County Sheriff’s Office will conduct live-gunfire tests of Fermilab’s on-site gunfire detection system. These tests will be conducted safely, using bullet traps – no live rounds will be fired into the air or into the ground, and there will be no danger to the public or wildlife. However, the sound of gunfire may be heard in neighborhoods near Fermilab on Thursday evening.

The laboratory’s ShotSpotter system uses a network of sensors to detect the sound of gunfire and pinpoint its location, instantly alerting Fermilab security. The tests on Thursday will be used to calibrate the system as a proactive measure. By quickly notifying security with precise location information, this system helps speed up response and has the potential to save lives in an emergency situation.

The Fermilab site closes to the public at 8 p.m.

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