Dirty Bombs

Dirty bombs are a type of bomb that mixes radioactive materials with explosives such as dynamite. When exploded, a dirty bomb scatters radioactive material.

There are two main dangers from dirty bombs: radiation and the explosion itself. In many cases, the explosion may be the greater danger.

The severity of the radiological threat depends on the kind and amount of material used.

Dirty bombs are more likely to contain low-level radioactive materials that are less dangerous.

Wind can carry contamination beyond the blast site. Even if you do not get contaminated material on your body, you can still be exposed to radiation.

Exposure occurs when you are close to a radioactive source or breathe airborne radioactive particles. 

Decontamination may be required in many areas. It may take several days or months for the blast site to be decontaminated and return to normal.

How to respond to a dirty bomb explosion:

What do if you get contaminated by a dirty bomb:

If you are at the blast site or in another contaminated area, you can reduce contamination on your body by taking the following steps: