MRAP trucks' glass debris is hazardous to troops.
The heavily armored trucks that U.S. troops drive in Iraq save
lives and limbs every day, according to military officials. But they can
cause long-term health problems, according to the Marine Corps Center
for Lessons Learned. In a safety alert published last month, the center
warned that ballistic glass powder that is created when MRAPs (mine
resistant ambush protected vehicles) arc struck by explosively formed
projectiles can create safety and health hazards to personnel in the
vehicles or those responding. The glass powder can cause asthma, skin
rashes, allergic reactions, allergic sensitization, cancer and other
long-term diseases, the alert said. Crew and recovery personnel involved
in recent incidents have complained of respiratory (chest tightness,
cough) and eye irritation.