Explosive Threats and Target Hardening Understanding Explosive Forces, It’s Impact on Infrastructure and the Human Body

Published:  12 April, 2010

Explosives and explosive materials can be used for good purposes such as quarrying, tunneling, mining, and removal of obstacles. Explosives can also be used for nefarious purposes. The following groups have all used explosives with the intent to kill, maim, or destroy, White Supremacists/Anti Government Extremists, Terrorists, Disgruntled Employees, Disgruntled Consumers, Criminals (Drug or Financially Motivated), Emotionally Disturbed Persons, and Eco Terrorists. Their motivations can be classified into several primary areas: experimentation, vandalism, excitement, revenge, ideology, criminal enterprise, diversion/distraction, mentally disordered, and finally mixed motives.

Most professionals have a limited knowledge of explosives, explosive forces, and the related damage and injuries which can occur in an event where explosives have been utilized. This presentation will inform you of the different types of explosives, related blast dynamics, and the medical issues related to a blast event.

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