Explosion | Webster University


An explosion is caused by a rapid expansion of gas from chemical reactions or incendiary devices.

Signs of an explosion may be a very loud noise or series of noises and vibrations, fire, heat or smoke, falling glass, debris or building damage.

Immediate action

  1. Get out of the building as quickly and as calmly as possible.
  2. Call Public Safety at Ext 6911.
  3. If items are falling off of bookshelves or from the ceiling, get under a sturdy table or desk.
  4. If there is fire, stay low and exit the building.
  5. If you are trapped in debris, tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can locate you.
  6. Assist others in exiting the building and move to designated evacuation areas.