fuel-air bomb

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Noun1.fuel-air bomb - a bomb that uses a fuel-air explosivefuel-air bomb - a bomb that uses a fuel-air explosive; "a thermobaric bomb can create overpressures equal to an atomic bomb"
bomb - an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions
FAE, fuel-air explosive - a device consisting of a container of fuel and two explosive charges; the first charge bursts open the fuel container at a predetermined height and spreads the fuel in a cloud that mixes with atmospheric oxygen; the second charge detonates the cloud which creates an enormous blast wave and incinerates whatever is below
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They borrow a tank of medical oxygen from the hospital where they work, cobble together fittings to connect it to the gun and proceed to make a fuel-air bomb.
Moore boasted that he was working on a fuel-air bomb that could devastate an area the size of two football fields and also indicated he had successfully produced a grenade-like device, the documents said.
Another possible cause for the large-scale casualties, and the absence of external injuries on the victims, lay in the regime's use of fuel-air bombs, which create a fireball that sucks the air out of confined spaces, causing those inside to asphyxiate.