Originally Posted by sgtdeath66
i dont think al- queda is the only ones we have to worry about. ant cell in the us can hurt us with our own buildings, theres alot of colleges with that have the makings of dirty bombs right in the basements. all some one has to do is cut a small lock set a bomb and 1000's of people are contminated and dying. i hope it is just fear mongers doing what they do best and just talking, but what if its not that easy.
The threat of a dirty bomb was more government fear mongering. Especially since 9/11 all metropolitan are hospitals are set up for both decontamination and mass casualty scenarios.
Though dirty bomb would be designed to disperse radioactive material over a large area, a bomb that uses conventional explosives would likely have more immediate lethal effect than the radioactive material. At levels created from most probable sources, not enough radiation would be present to cause severe illness or death. A test explosion and subsequent calculations done by the United States Department of Energy found that assuming nothing is done to clean up the affected area and everyone stays in the affected area for one year, the radiation exposure would be "moderate", but not fatal. However, the area would be cleaned immediately, making any radiological material a non-issue.
Smoking a pack of cigarettes and eating a pint of ice cream every day for a year poses a larger health threat than the likely radiological contact from a dirty bomb.
Biologicals are a much bigger threat than dirty bombs are. Weapons grade anthrax is within the reach of the average person