Secret Service tests gunshot detection system in Washington
The U.S. Secret Service is warning residents of the nation’s capital that they may hear bursts of live gunfire Saturday and early Sunday morning as the agency tests a detection system.
The Secret Service says the gunfire is part of calibration for a system that indicates the source and direction of gunshots. A statement from the Secret Service says the system “provides real time detection and geolocation of gunshots fired within proximity of protected sites.”
As part of the test, multiple rounds will be fired from various weapons in three-shot increments. Several streets in Washington will also be closed, around the White House and the Naval Observatory, the home of the vice president.
It appears that the system will be similar to technology in use by the DC police.
It was not clear exactly where the shooting will occur. However, the agency said all streets bounding the Ellipse will be shut down during the test. These are E Street and Constitution Avenue to the north and south, and 15th and 17th Streets to the east and west. Part of Observatory Circle, near the Vice President’s residence will also close.