Security Film Holds Glass in Place at Chattanooga Shooting Site

July 21st, 2015 by Casey Flores

Eleven years ago, Matthew Smith, owner of the Window Tinting Company in Chattanooga, Tenn., installed security window film on the city’s armed forces center, hoping it’d never have to get used.

“I’ve done a lot of security film and I always thing to myself ‘I don’t ever want this stuff to be tested,’” he says.

An FBI investigator investigates the scene of a shooting outside a military recruiting center on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tenn., attacked two military facilities on Thursday, in a shooting rampage that killed four Marines. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

An FBI investigator investigates the scene of a shooting outside a military recruiting center on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tenn., attacked two military facilities on Thursday, in a shooting rampage that killed four Marines. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Unfortunately, during last week’s shootings, when Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez allegedly shot and killed five Marines, the product was tested and passed.

“What we had was glass retention film with an attachment film that was over 11 years old that did its job—it retained the glass in the framing system,” Smith says. “I’m very proud that our layer of security did what it was designed to do.”

Had the film not been there, Smith says the story could have ended even more tragically.

“It was tempered glass, so it would have all fell on the ground,” he explains. “At that point, we don’t know if the shooter would have entered the building or would have driven off.”

The armed forces center was the first place Abdulazeez targeted before driving to the Naval Reserve Center, where the fatalities took place.

Smith says he secured the entryway with 3M Ultra 400 film with a Dow 995 attachment system. He expects to install the film at the locations again after the glass is replaced.

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  1. let’s hope that the words bullet proof etc NEVER came into the conversations, ever.

    Great job though.

  2. I believe it! I own a small convenience store in Texas. We installed some 12mil bulletproof security film on the front windows that we got from an online place in Utah called knox guardian. Had a wild storm come through in November last year and some debris struck the font windows and broke them, but they stayed in their frames and no water got into the store. I think the films are pretty much the same wherever you buy them but the nice thing about knoxguardian.com is that they will sell you the stuff in custom cut sizes so you don’t have to buy the whole roll.

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