To fortify or not to fortify?

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By protecting buildings from outside blasts, could we be increasing the risk of damage caused by an explosion on the inside? John Simpson reports


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this picture of the US Embassy bombing in Turkey is a pertinent example of an interesting question facing those responsible for making buildings resistant to explosions. From this picture, it is clear to see that a street-facing door and sections of cladding from an annex were blown outwards. However, an integral window remained in place, albeit severely crazed. This window and the dislocated door . . .

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