Note: Ensure responder safety

1. General Information

Explosive devices may be designed to disseminate chemical, biological or radiological agents

Explosives may produce secondary hazards such as unstable structures, damaged utilities, hanging debris, void spaces and other physical hazards

Devices may contain anti-personnel features such as nails, shrapnel, fragmentation design or other material

Outward warning signs:

• Oral or written threats

• Container / vehicle / people that appear out of place

• Devices attached to compressed gas cylinders, flammable, liquid containers, bulk storage containers (dirty bomb)

• Oversized packages with oily stains, chemical odors, excessive postage, protruding wires, excessive binding, no return address, etc.

NAERGs #112 and 114 provide additional information

WARNING: Always be alert for multiple devices

2. Response Recommendations:

Command post should be located away from areas where improvised secondary devices may be placed, e.g., mailboxes, trash cans, etc.

Stage incoming units:

• Away from line of sight of target area.

• Away from buildings with large amounts of glass.

• In such a way as to utilize distant structural and / or natural barriers to assist with protection.

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