An explosion occurs as the result of a chemical reaction which releases a vast amount of physical or chemical energy accompanied by light, heat and sound in a short space of time. The cause of an explosion could range from a simple accident in the home to a major terrorist incident. Either way, an intricate investigation must take place to establish the exact circumstances of the event.
Any time an explosion causes damage to a structure there must be an immediate investigation and analysis of the cause. A professional engineer with experience in explosion forensics should be summoned to the scene to work in cooperation with other specialists who may be needed based on the source of the explosion.
Engineers are primarily concerned with structural damage caused by an explosion, and with making sure there will be no further damage or injuries to people. Stabilizing a structure after an explosion is crucial, and must be done according to a plan that is approved by licensed, professional engineers.
Justin Hall PE is experienced in the field of explosion forensics.