Wayne State University

Explosions

Chemicals, leaking gas, incendiary devices, or terrorist acts could all be the cause of life-endangering explosions.  If you hear, see, or feel an explosion within your building call WSU Police Department at 577-2222.

If you hear or are a victim of an explosion:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Call WSU Police Department at 577-2222 and describe what occurred and what you observed.
  3. Seek shelter under sturdy or heavy furniture, tables, or desk.
  4. Be prepared for the possibility of further explosions.
  5. If possible and it is safe to do so, or if ordered by WSU Police Department and/or Detroit Fire Department, evacuate area.   SEE "EVACUATION" Section of this Guide for more information.
  6. Open door carefully and watch for falling objects.  Stay away from windows, mirrors, overhead fixtures, filing cabinets, bookcases, electrical equipment and large, heavy unstable objects.
  7. Do not use elevators.
  8. Do not use matches or lighters.
  9. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate life-threatening danger.