Bombs and Explosives


A terrorist attack on the United States remains a significant and pressing threat.  Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) remain the terrorist weapon of choice due to their relative ease of construction, availability, and destructive capacity.

An improvised explosive device attack is the use of a “homemade” bomb and/or destructive device to destroy, incapacitate, harass or distract.  IEDs can come in many forms, ranging from a small pipe bomb to a sophisticated device capable of causing massive damage and loss of life.  IEDs may be surrounded by or packed with additional materials or “enhancements” such as nails, glass, or metal fragments designed to increase the amount of shrapnel propelled by the explosion.  Enhancements may also include other elements such as hazardous materials. 

Nevertheless, there are things you can do to prepare for the unexpected.  Explore the information below to learn about the preparedness measures you can take and how to be proactive if you see something suspicious.

Cover photo courtesy of FEMA/Andrea Booher and banner photo courtesy of the FBI.