Accident Posters

Although the consequences of accidents involving ammunition and explosives can be catastrophic, such accidents are thankfully relatively infrequent occurrences. Unfortunately this means that over time the risks associated with activities involving explosives become normalised; people become over-familiar with inherently hazardous items, which can in the longer term lead to more accidents.

In order to combat this, MSIAC have developed a series of posters providing details of some of the most significant munitions or explosives accidents in history. The intent is that these posters act as a reminder of the importance of practicing explosive safety activities in a vigilant manner, and as such may also be used as an instructional aid.

All posters have been optimised for printing at sizes up to A2. The posters can be downloaded individually by clicking on the images below.

Our thanks to the Australian Directorate of Ordnance Safety for developing the original concept, and for giving us permission to recreate their posters.

Camp Doha
12 Jul 1991
3 Fatalities, 56 Injuries US$40 Million Damages (1991)
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Biên Hòa Air Base
16 May 1965
28 Fatalities, 105 Injuries Unknown Damages
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20 Dec 1947
9 Fatalities, 20 Injuries CHF105 Million Damages (1947)
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USS Mount Hood
Manus Island, PNG
10 Nov 1944
372 Fatalities, 371 Injuries Unknown Damages
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Port Chicago
California, USA
17 Jul 1944
320 Fatalities, 390 Injuries US$10 Million Damages (1944)
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14 Apr 1944
1,000 -1,500 Fatalities, 4,000 Injuries US$1 – 1.5 Billion Damages (1944)
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Lake Denmark
New Jersey, USA
10 Jul 1926
19 Fatalities, 51 Injuries US$84 Million Damages (1926)
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
06 Dec 1917
1800 Fatalities, 8000 Injuries C$35 Million Damages (1917)
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