Explosion Law and Legal Definition

Explosion is the act of exploding or detonation. It is a chemical action which causes the sudden formation of a great volume of expanded gas. For example, the explosion of gunpowder. It can also be violent bursting as a result of internal pressure. For example, bomb.

Example of a State Statute (Alabama) defining Explosion

Code of Ala. § 13A-7-40 (3) defines explosion as a rapid, sudden and violent expansion of air or relinquishment of energy with resultant pressures that are capable of producing destructive effects on contiguous objects or of destroying life or limb. "Explosion" includes, but is not limited to, a sudden and rapid combustion, causing violent expansion of the air, or the sudden bursting or breaking up or in pieces from an internal or other force. "Explosion" is not limited to cases caused by combustion or fire, but it may result from decomposition or chemical action.