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Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites

* Updated 1 March 2019

Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) are a global problem. The Small Arms Survey defines UEMS as the accidental explosion of stockpiles of ammunition and explosives at storage sites, whether the stockpiles are properly stored or are abandoned, damaged, or improperly stored.

A single UEMS incident often results in dozens of casualties and millions of dollars in damages to nearby buildings, infrastructure, and homes. Research conducted by the Survey reveals that these incidents are widespread and increasingly common: the Survey recorded more than 610 incidents in at least 101 countries and territories between 1979 and March 2019.

Read our most recent materials (fact sheet, infographic) and navigate our vizualisation tool below for more information about this issue.

The Small Arms Survey continues to maintain its UEMS database on an ongoing basis. For more information on UEMS and the UEMS project, please see the following links:

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