Firefighters, law enforcement and troopers don’t possess a lot of great options when they need to break a door: lock picks and blowtorches are often slow, while explosives and firearms aren’t precise. The US Air Force together with EMPI lately constructed a more effective remedy. Their TEC Torch produces a short but super-hot steel vapor jet that rips through steel within a second, making short work of practically any lock.
The torch was initially constructed for special forces that needed a basic, portable breaching device. However, it ought to also be very helpful for first responders and civilians as well. EMPI considers firefighters using Pocket Torch to enter into burning structures, and it could come in handy for everything from recovery procedures to cutting submerged cables. Whatever the situation, it is clear that a metal lock alone is not much of a hindrance for anyone who has this torch.