SUITCASE BOMB EXPLOSION IN FRONT OF GRANDSTAND

 

December 27, 2005
 

As part of a company-funded study Engineering Analysis Inc. has carried out an analysis of the blast effects of a suitcase bomb containing 50 pounds of explosives detonated in front of a grandstand with 200 spectators. The High Explosive Damage Assessment Model (HEXAM), including the HEXDAM Man, software was used in carrying out the analysis.

 

As depicted in Figure 1, the 200 spectators are seated on five rows in the grandstand, with 40 spectators per row. The bomber is standing in front of the grandstand holding the suitcase in his right hand. 

 

As shown in Figure 2, the grandstand was severely damaged by the explosion with 18 spectators suffering fatal injuries. In addition, 32 spectators received moderate injuries and 75 spectators suffered slight injuries.