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Research Foundation - Oven Furnace and Dryer Explosion Incidents
The purpose of this Research Foundation project, which is documented in this report, was to gather information regarding explosion incidents in which an oven, furnace, or dryer was involved. This information was then sorted and a basic analysis was conducted in order to provide useful information to the Technical Committee on Ovens and Furnaces.
Evaluation of fire and explosion hazard of nanoparticles
This literature review report identified combustion properties, fire and explosion hazard posed by nanoparticles. Some inflection points were identified, below or above which the explosion severity is affected by the size of nanoparticle.
NFPA 69: Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems

This standard provides requirements for installing systems for the prevention and control of explosions in enclosures that contain flammable concentrations of flammable gases, vapors, mists, dusts, or hybrid mixtures. It is intended for use by design engineers, operating personnel, and AHJs.
NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations

NFPA 921 sets the bar for scientific-based investigation and analysis of fire and explosion incidents. Referenced in the field, in training, and in court, it is the foremost guide for rendering accurate opinions as to incident origin, cause, responsibility, and prevention. It is intended for use by both public sector employees who are responsible for fire investigation and private sector professionals who conduct investigations for insurance companies or litigation purposes.

Please note:  This Standard is in a custom cycle due to the Emergency Response and Responder Safety Document Consolidation Plan (consolidation plan) as approved by the NFPA Standards Council.  For revision cycle information, see the Next Edition tab.
NFPA 68: Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting

This standard applies to the design, location, installation, maintenance, and use of devices and systems that vent the combustion gases and pressures resulting from a deflagration within an enclosure so that structural and mechanical damage is minimized.
Video: NFPA's Guy Colonna discusses ammonium nitrate safety after Beirut explosion
Yesterday's explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, has left at least 100 people dead and thousands more injured. Multiple news sources are now saying the blast, which could be heard from 150 miles away, was due to large quantities of ammonium nitrate being stored…
After 2013 West, Texas, Explosion, Gaps Persist in Ammonium Nitrate Regulations
With the horrific explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, it is an apt time to revisit the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's (CSB) report on the 2013 ammonium nitrate (AN) detonation that devastated West, Texas, killing 15 people, and injuring 260 others.…
NFPA research report - Oven, Furnace and Dryer Explosion Incidents
The purpose of this Research Foundation project, which is documented in this report, was to gather information regarding explosion incidents in which an oven, furnace, or dryer was involved.
Arizona ESS Explosion Investigation and Line of Duty Injury Reports Now Available
Two reports from the Surprise, Arizona Energy Storage System (ESS) explosion that occurred in April, 2019 were published this week.  One report, titled, “Four Firefighters Injured In Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage System Explosion – Arizona” is…
NFPA 67: Guide on Explosion Protection for Gaseous Mixtures in Pipe Systems

This guide provides criteria for the design, installation, and operation of piping systems that contain or may contain flammable vapor mixtures to prevent and protect against damage from deflagrations or detonations due to combustion of flammable atmospheres therein.
Baltimore Explosion Kills Two, Injures Dozens and Highlights a Need for Fuel Gas Detection
Yesterday morning, an explosion, most likely involving natural gas, ripped through three rowhouses in northwest Baltimore, leaving two dead and seven more transported to hospitals. The blast occurred on the 4-year anniversary of another Maryland natural…
Following an Explosion at a Cannabis-Related Business in Los Angeles, Records Indicate No Inspections Conducted at Facility
Keeping communities safe from fire, electrical, and other related hazards isn't something that just happens—it's the result of having a fully functioning Fire & Life Safety Ecosystem.  When any one component fails, consequences can be catastrophic.  In…
NFPA 56: Standard for Fire and Explosion Prevention During Cleaning and Purging of Flammable Gas Piping Systems

This standard provides minimum safety requirements for the cleaning and purging procedures of flammable gas piping systems, including cleaning new or existing piping systems, purging piping systems into service, and purging piping systems out of service.
Just Weeks After Fatal Baltimore Explosion, Fire Protection Research Foundation Releases New Research on Combustible Gas Dispersion and Detector Location Analysis
According to research from NFPA, an estimated 4,200 home structure fires and an average of 40 deaths result annually when natural gas is ignited. The devastating outcome of a combustible gas leak within a residence was on full display recently when three…
Dust Disaster
After a fatal blast in Singapore, learn about the hazards of combustible dust and how to prevent fires and explosions
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