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Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS)
Excess Stockpiles as Liabilities

Handbook & Online Resource

Edited by Eric G. Berman and Pilar Reina

Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) are a significant safety concern for governments and a major security challenge for the international community. The Small Arms Survey has documented more than 500 such incidents over the 35-year period from 1979 to 2013.

This Handbook contains analysis of this data, with many helpful tables, figures, maps, and annexes. It serves three primary purposes, striving to:

  • support best practice by explaining the scale and scope of the challenge that policy-makers face;
  • encourage states to manage their stockpiles effectively;
  • help generate better data capturing and record keeping; and
  • serve as a reference tool and a training tool.

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Map, Graphs and Database
on UEMS Incidents

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