Dust explosions are a major hazard in industrial manufacturing. Microscopic fine particles can quickly transform the ambient air into an ignitable atmosphere which may then cause a small spark and be enough to trigger an explosion with serious consequences.
Dust can be a fire hazard, particularly when powdery and dusty products are processed or generated during the production process. There is always the potential for danger in production, filling, and packaging plants, as well as in conveying equipment and in silos, bunkers, and other storage facilities. Most dust in a manufacturing environment is combustible to a degree, resulting in an ever-present chance for danger.