A Guide for Investigating Bomb and Explosion Scenes

Follow Agency Policies!
Actions taken following these guides should be performed in accordance with department policies and procedures and federal and state laws.

Jurisdictional, logistical or legal conditions may preclude the use of particular procedures contained herein.

Bombs and other explosions can cause chaos and tragedy. First responders and investigators at these scenes must be meticulous — from arranging for emergency medical care for victims, to locating the site of the explosion, to identifying the explosives used in the bombing.

This guide describes best practices for responding to and investigating an explosion and bombing scene. [1] These include:

Call in Help!
For potentially devastating situations, such as biological weapons or radiological or chemical threats, contact the appropriate agencies.

See also Safety Equipment and Tools.


[note 1] NIJ's Crime Scene guides were created by multidisciplinary technical working groups of content area experts from across the United States. Learn more about how the guides were created.

Date Created: June 1, 2009