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. The reason they have to cobble the fittings together is that the compressed gas industry goes out of its way to make it almost impossible to get pure oxygen into an airgun or to use it for anything other than a medical application.
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.
The use of fuel-air bombs that create giant fireballs over nonmilitary targets was protested.