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Anonymous asked:

In my story, one of my main characters in in a building when it explodes and another is outside. I've tried to search the effects and damages done by explosions, but all I'm finding is stuff about nuclear bombs. I'm looking for information on much smaller explosives. Do you have any references or tips? (I love your blog, by the way)


If you watch the news, you will have seen at least once the devastation left behind by air bombing, car bombs and bombs that have been detonated inside of buildings. In fact, the best way to get a look at the effects of bomb blasts is to review cases from the past, for all it’s absolutely horrifying that we have these kind of ‘resources’ to draw upon in the first place.

Here are some pictures of the damage done to buildings after bomb attacks:

  • Picture One - Two powerful car bombs killed at least six people outside a Baghdad interior ministry building… (November, 2005) x
  • Picture Two - US and Saudi personnel survey the damage  to Khobar towers caused by the explosion of a fuel truck… (June, 1996) x
  • Picture Three - Damaged building left for thirteen years after NATO bombings in Belgrade, Serbia (June, 2012) x
  • Picture Four - A car bombing attack known as the Omagh bombing, Ireland (August, 1998) x
  • Picture Five - Oklahoma City bombings (April, 1995) x

Look at these images and any others you can find (Google brought up a tonne) and draw similarities between them. Bombs tear through entire structures. There is nearly always death involved as well as severe injury to those within the vicinity of the attack. The after affects to those caught up in an explosion can vary from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to severe burns and the worsening of pre-existing health conditions.

At the very least you’ll get out of an explosion with minor damage to your airways from the smoke inhalation and air pressure. Here are some more resources I found through Google:

A lot of the time, when your research is bringing up the wrong results, you’re using the wrong kind of words in your search. It’s worth adjusting your phrasing a little to get what you’re looking for.

I hope these resources are of some use anyway. Best of luck.


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