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Explosions can be caused by a number of things - electrical malfunctions, gas leaks, or bombs. Be aware of the possibility of secondary explosions in the area. Stay away from or leave the damaged area. Be careful to avoid additional dangers caused by the explosion, such as leaking gas, chemical spills, fire, or downed electrical wires.

Although terrorists use a variety of methods to inflict harm and create fear, bombs are used most frequently. According to the U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, bombings accounted for nearly 70 percent of all terrorist attacks in the U.S. and its territories between 1980 and 2001.

For information about preparing for explosions:

Preparing for a Terrorist Bombing: A Common Sense Approach - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Fire and Explosion Planning Matrix - U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA

Ready; Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed: Explosions - FEMA

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Updated Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 09:51AM