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dirty bomb

a device using conventional explosives to send nuclear material through the air

dirty bomb

n
(Military) informal a bomb made from nuclear waste combined with conventional explosives that is capable of spreading radioactive material over a very wide area
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Noun1.dirty bomb - an atom bomb that leaves considerable radioactive contamination
A-bomb, atom bomb, atomic bomb, fission bomb, plutonium bomb - a nuclear weapon in which enormous energy is released by nuclear fission (splitting the nuclei of a heavy element like uranium 235 or plutonium 239)
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The amount is too small to make a nuclear bomb, agency spokesman Victor Dricks said, but could be used to make a dirty bomb to spread radioactive contamination.
TEHRAN (FNA)- ISIL terrorists nearly stumbled on the main ingredient for a 'dirty bomb' when they overran Mosul in 2014, a new report said.
EDT- The Coast Guard in South Carolina confirmed they found no threat at Charleston Port after claims of a ship containing a "dirty bomb" were made on videos posted on YouTube, Thursday.
The clandestine group's goal was clear: Obtain the building blocks of a radioactive "dirty bomb" - capable of poisoning a major city for a year or more - by openly purchasing the raw ingredients from authorized sellers inside the United States.
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President Barack Obama urged world leaders Friday to do more to safeguard nuclear facilities to prevent "madmen" from groups like Daesh (ISIS) from getting their hands on a nuclear weapon or a radioactive "dirty bomb."
It may not be an actual atom bomb -- which would call for multimillion dollar investment, expertise and time, "only" a "dirty bomb" (essentially a conventional bomb mixed with radioactive material).
A WAVE of high-value manufacturing jobs could be on its way to Teesside after a tech firm's 'dirty bomb' detector win.
Kromek has produced the D3S, the world's first fully-approved gamma and neutron detector available in volume shipment, a move which sees the firm step up the battle to counter so-called "dirty bomb" terrorism.
"The material is classed as a Category 2 radioactive source by the IAEA, meaning that if not managed properly it could cause permanent injury to a person in close proximity to it for minutes or hours, and could be fatal to someone exposed for a period of hours to days," reports Reuters." Large quantities of Ir-192 have gone missing before in the United States, Britain and other countries, stoking fears among security officials that it could be used to make a dirty bomb." The article explains that a dirty bomb causes contamination rather than a nuclear explosion.
COUNTER-terror officers are desperately hunting for stolen radioactive material amid fears Islamic State could use it to make a lethal dirty bomb.