Fire and explosion hazards to flora and fauna from explosives

J Hazard Mater. 2000 Jun 30;74(3):149-61. doi: 10.1016/s0304-3894(00)00157-6.


Deliberate or accidental initiation of explosives can produce a range of potentially damaging fire and explosion effects. Quantification of the consequences of such effects upon the surroundings, particularly on people and structures, has always been of paramount importance. Information on the effects on flora and fauna, however, is limited, with probably the weakest area lying with fragmentation of buildings and their effects on different small mammals. Information has been used here to gain an appreciation of the likely magnitude of the potential fire and explosion effects on flora and fauna. This is based on a number of broad assumptions and a variety of data sources including World War II bomb damage, experiments performed with animals 30-40 years ago, and more recent field trials on building break-up under explosive loading.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blast Injuries
  • Explosions*
  • Fires
  • Humans
  • Mammals*
  • Mortality
  • Plants*
  • Probability
  • Regression Analysis