In the episode where SG-1 is trapped on a prisoner's planet we learn from Daniel Jackson that the initial blue burst out of the Stargate is deadly and not a way to escape.

So why is the speaker's lectern where Hammond stays in this shot so close to the Stargate?

What if the Stargate activates from outside?

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If there is an unscheduled off-world activation, there is time to close the iris, which prevents anything (including the destructive Kawhoosh) from coming through. If the gate were activated during the event, the iris would be closed immediately, and the gate room would also be evacuated.

  • As can be seen on numerous occasions, but for example, in SG1: Lost World, Part II
    – Valorum
    Aug 27, 2020 at 22:13
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    The technical term is Kawoosh
    – IG_42
    Aug 28, 2020 at 0:15
  • I could have sworn there was one episode where they were trying to dial out in order to prevent someone else from dialing in, and the kawoosh happened suddenly without warning. Feb 1, 2021 at 23:24

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