Explosions can be intentional man-made incidents, accidental, or due to human negligence. The immediate blast can cause casualties by injuring people nearby. There may be additional environmental hazards from airborne dust and surface contamination from the blast. Terrorists can also use explosives with the intention to hurt people, damage buildings and other structures. They may use the explosives as a vehicle to scatter biological, chemical, or radiological materials, and cause even more damage.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS LAUNCH BYSTANDER TRAINING COURSE
(Provides an overview of how to recognize a suspected explosive device, what to expect after an explosion occurs and specific steps a bystander can take with regard to reporting suspicious activity, communication, and identifying psychological trauma)