Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS): Excess Stockpiles as Liabilities rather than Assets

Submitted by Small Arms Survey

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 to supporting best practice and effective stockpile management, promoting the production of better data capturing and record keeping, and serving as a reference tool and a training tool.

  • Updated 28 July 2021 | Dataset date: January 01, 1979-December 31, 2019
    This data is by request only
    The UEMS Database gathers information on accidental explosions of abandoned, damaged, improperly stored, or properly stored stockpiles of ammunition and explosives at munitions sites. It documents more than 600 incidents occurred from 1979 onwards and it is periodically updated. The UEMS Database provides details on the location, the number of casualties (fatalities and injuries) as well as the alleged cause of the incident, depending on available information.