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Famed band scouts Tripwire as possible video site during explosives training

A representative of the prominent band Five Finger Death Punch scouted Tripwire Operations Group south of Gettysburg as a potential video music location Wednesday.

The visit occurred as explosives were used during a military canine training operation, said Ryan Morris, founder and president of Tripwire, 1685 Baltimore Pike, which provides explosives training for first responders and law enforcement and military personnel.

The heavy metal band, which has sold millions of records, is a strong supporter of and has large audiences among the military, law enforcement, and first responder communities, said Chris Kurtz of Mediatwist Group.

“We write the soundtrack to war,” Kurtz said of the band.

Kurtz’s visit could also lead to local involvement in one of the band’s frequent online fundraising efforts in support of those communities, he said.

The band learned of Tripwire through Lancaster police, who had a dog named Zoltan, like the band’s guitarist, Zoltan Bathory, Kurtz said.

Wednesday’s explosions prompted “lots of calls in the last 20 minutes,” Morris said about 6:30 p.m.

To help avoid concerns in the future, he said was preparing to create a list of people who would like to receive advance warning of such events “so they’re aware and not worried.”

Morris said he planned to post information about how to be included on the list on the Tripwire Operations Group Facebook page. Interested individuals can also call him at 717-648-2792, he said.

“I want to be a good neighbor,” he said.


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