Dirty Bomb

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Dirty Bomb detonates at the Mall of America
Robert Capponi
HSM320
Erik Stone
16 November 2015

Dirty Bomb detonates at the Mall of America A radiological dispersion device (dirty bomb) has been detonated in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on the day after Thanksgiving which is known as “Black Friday”. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and malls and shopping centers all over the country are severely crowed with people taking advantage of sales and special offers on merchandize for the holiday season. A dirty bomb is a very effective terror weapon because it combines the mass lethality of an explosive device, plus exposure to radiation; this device causes mass fear and panic in a population and could have a serious effect on the nearby area and environment. A dirty bomb is a type of radiological dispersion device (RDD) which combines some type of explosive combined with some type of radioactive material. The explosive element of a dirty bomb will produce the most amount of damage and causalities depending on the amount and type of explosive material and shrapnel used. There is usually not enough radiation to kill or cause severe illness depending on the radioactive material; the type of radiation that is used and the amount of exposure to the victims. Depending the situation though a dirty bomb can cause a great deal of panic, fear and chaos, including contamination of buildings and property. Dirty Bombs are not a nuclear device. Nuclear bombs are tremendously more powerful and can destroy entire cities and produce catastrophic amount of casualties. The radiation fallout of a nuclear weapon can spread tens to hundreds of square miles and effect an area for years with radioactive contamination. Dirty bombs can be capable of contaminating a few blocks or a few miles depending…...

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