Explosive Threats Infographics

Explosive Threats Infographics

One of the things that I found really annoying in Iraq was when people tried to blow me up.  It seems that you couldn’t go more than twenty or thirty minutes without hearing or feeling an explosion…except during the call to prayer of course.  There are few experiences more disconcerting than the feeling of a blast wave passing through your body and experiencing that explosive threat.

While I was fortunate enough not to experience any explosions so up close and personal that I caught shrapnel or had my innards scrambled the power of these experiences…both kinetically and emotionally still amazes me.  Few who haven’t experienced the unpleasantness of having another human being try to blow you up can imagine that power but the tables below might give you an idea.  The two types of explosions I hated the most in Iraq were Katyusha Rockets (due to several close encounters) and Dump Truck IED’s due to the unbelievable destructive power they unleashed even when felt from over 5 miles away.  Incidentally, the Katyusha Rockets that were always being fired at us were care of the Iraqi Insurgents but were provided by the Iranian leadership through their Quods Force…remember that the next time the White House wants to cozy up to Iran, let them off the hook and trust that they won’t use the Nukes they’re developing on their neighbors and yours truly!

God forbid that we should have the same explosive hazards and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks in the U.S. that are common in the Middle East but I fear that it’s only a matter of time.

These tables should also serve as a warning to those preppers who feel that playing with explosives and explosive gasses is a good idea…those who do so without professional training and licensing where required will be lucky if the only problems they create for themselves and their families are legal.

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Safe Evacuation Distances From Explosives

Safe Evacuation Distances LP Bombs

Source:  Risk Management Series, Design Guidance for Shelters and Safe Rooms, FEMA 453 / May 2006

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