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I've had lamps on older JVC's explode into tiny pieces where none of the lamp was left, it was unrecognizable.
I picked the lamp up, and I saw the mercury laced dust dripping off like it was radioactive, the dust was shiny and silver (not good).
There was literally nothing left of the lamp at all, one tiny shard of glass and the metal socket, that was it.
I had to clean it up with a credit card and a vacuum.
As far as hurting the projector, not likely unless you miss a piece and the glass falls into something.
There might be some electrical condition that could be caused by a lamp exploding, but I cannot think of any.
More than likely is if a projector's lamp exploded, and then the projector no longer works, the ballast failed, surged the lamp and the ballast failing is what caused the explosion.
If a lamp explodes under normal conditions, it damaging the projector would be extremely unlikely unless the ballast had an engineering defect from the beginning.
Of course there might be some rare instance that I'm not thinking of, but electrically it wouldn't make sense most of the time.