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First Hours: Dirty Bombs

COMMUNICATING IN THE FIRST HOURS

A dirty bomb mixes explosives (such as dynamite) and radioactive powder or pellets. When the explosives are set off, the blast carries radioactive material into the surrounding area. Most injuries from a dirty bomb are caused by the explosion.

For radiation emergencies involving dirty bombs, the resources are the following:

For more about VX, see the CDC Radiation Emergencies Web site .

 

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  • Page last reviewed: May 14, 2007
  • Page last updated: March 1, 2013
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