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dirty bomb

an explosive device that disperses radioactive material over a wide area, contaminating land, buildings, and people. Its purpose is to cause fear and to make an area unusable for a long time.
A conventional bomb—i.e., explosive delivery device—which would contain high-level radioactive waste or subnuclear weapons-grade material and theoretically contaminate a wide area with radioactivity

dir·ty bomb

(dĭr'tē bom)
A mass-casualty weapon that combines some sort of radioactive material with conventional explosives.

dirty bomb

A weapon that disperses into the environment low-level radioactive material bonded to a conventional explosive.
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While the purchases that Woodward's team set in motion were never completed, if they had been, his group would have had enough radioactive material to create the type of dangerous dirty bomb that terrorists may seek, according to David Trimble, director of Natural Resources and Environment at the GAO and Woodward's boss.
They could simply attach it to explosives to make a dirty bomb," an official, who works at the Iraqi interior ministry told Reuters.
Tariq, who has had his passport cancelled by the Home Office, told fellow militants via social media that jihadist dirty bombs are now a reality.
A dirty bomb is a conventional explosive that is packed with radioactive materials commonly found in medical and mining equipment and food irradiators.
If you look at the nature of the sort of attacks that have either been carried out or foiled, we are talking about attacks on crowded public places, the use potentially of dirty bombs and other things and that is why it is something that we need to take seriously, which we are.
Security chiefs fear terrorists may use a dirty bomb - which is packed with radioactive material - to create mass casualties and contamination in busy shopping areas.
Steven Musolino of Brookhaven National Laboratory, who worked on the dirty bomb experiments with Harper, summed it up this way: "Pretty much everything bad happens within 500 meters, and to a large extent [the bad effects] don't happen.
CHANGING TIMES After the immediate stabilization response to a dirty bomb, the cleanup must begin in earnest.
Like a fireworks display in negative, it suggests an emission from one of the "military sex machines" in Handelman's previous series of paintings--a dirty bomb that neatly conflates divine mandate and American military technology.
Mr Bradley said: "This is the most realistic programme that has ever been done about the aftermath of a dirty bomb.
Airline insurance contracts are up for renewal in the second half of 2004 and insurers have made clear they no longer want to cover the risk of terrorist attack by a plane carrying a dirty bomb - something which could result in billions of Dollars worth of damage.
A dirty bomb is designed to spread radioactive material by combining it with conventional explosive.