Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Explosives’ Category

4/18/1983: The U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, is virtually destroyed by a car-bomb explosion that kills 63.

History Channel


A giant explosion occurs during the loading of fertilizer onto the freighter Grandcamp at a pier in Texas City, Texas: 4/16/1947.

History Channel


A training exercise video of the Manchester bombing, May 22, 2017

A reporter in the Kabul bureau of The New York Times: When she hears bombs explode

NY Times

“….[C]all my little brother…..”

“….I was a civilian, not a journalist, at the first suicide bombing I witnessed…… It was a hot July day and I took refuge from the afternoon heat in the shade of a wall.

That wall saved my life. I have no words to describe the horrible sound of that blast, a sound I had never heard before. Dust filled the air and I was lying on the ground, too shocked to move. Which was fortunate because a few minutes later came another blast — a vicious trick of terrorists to get first responders as well. Flying glass cut my nose, but I had no other injury.

Far worse was what I saw: the dead and dying, the dismembered victims and distraught survivors, the terrible screams of agony and suffering, and the howls of despair and rage. The blast killed 84 and wounded more than 400…..”


Bomb bound for Austin explodes at FedEx facility near San Antonio

A barge carrying a New Year fireworks display caught fire at an Australian beach injuring 2 and causing thousands of people on the beach to be moved to safety


Port Authority Pipe Bomb Blast video

NY Times

“…..Using the internet, Mr. Ullah began researching how to build explosives about a year ago, the complaint said. Within the past two to three weeks, it said, he began gathering the materials to construct the bomb: a metal pipe which he filled with explosive material he created; screws to pack inside; and Christmas tree lights and a nine-volt battery to spark its detonation. Then, about one week ago, he built the pipe bomb at his apartment in Brooklyn.….”

An enormous explosion rocked a major natural gas hub in Austria on Tuesday, killing 1 employee, injuring at least 18

NY Times



Ullah admitted that he had looked up online how to build the bomb and had assembled it in his residence in Brooklyn, purchasing all of the materials except the pipe, which he said he found at a job site where he was working as an electrician

12/6/1917: A Belgian steamer and French freighter, both loaded with ammunition, explode in Canada’s Halifax Harbor, leveling part of the town and killing nearly 1,600 people and injuring approximately 8,000.

History Channel



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