Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) in residential areas

Submitted by Small Arms Survey

Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) not only lead to significant fatalities and casualties, but also incur high socio-economic and political costs for the surrounding area and the state in which they occur. The Small Arms Survey’s UEMS database monitors incidents that have occurred globally since 1979. This Fact Sheet reviews UEMS trends over the past decade (2010–19) and analyses the effects of UEMS on human lives, including their gendered implications, over the entire period covered by the database (1979–2019). While the risk of UEMS cannot be entirely eliminated, measures can be taken to reduce their negative consequences.

  • Updated 8 February 2022 | Dataset date: January 01, 1979-December 15, 2021
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    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.