Monday, October 04, 2004


Dirty Bombs - Fear Factories

The latest bugaboo, and not totally without reason, is the concept of a dirty bomb. This, of course, is a conventional explosive device that will also, in a small area, scatter radioactive particles. It's effect would be minimal, with only small amounts of radiation scattered locally, but evidently, people are wishing they could make as a terrorist device. There was news last week about a terrorist cell in the UK collecting smoke alarms for the tiny bit of radioactive material so they could use it in some sort of dirty bomb.

To put this in perspective, the Evangelical Outpost has put together a fact page that you might find useful if you don't know a lot about this subject.

UPDATE: Blogs of War has a nice article on the radioactive element in smoke detectors

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