Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS)

Jovana Carapic and Remo Gassmann
Fact Sheet

Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) are accidental explosions of abandoned, damaged, improperly stored, or properly stored stockpiles of ammunition and explosives at munitions sites. UEMS are a persistent and global problem. They are a significant safety concern for the public and a major security challenge for states and societies. Addressing the challenge posed by UEMS requires not only putting in place effective stockpile management practices but also implementing a life-cycle management of ammunition (LCMA) system.

This Fact Sheet provides a brief overview of the UEMS issue, its causes and consequences, and the possible solutions to mitigate the risks of accidental explosions.

Keywords: UEMS Explosions Munitions Stockpiles