BASIC FACTS ABOUT RADIOLOGICAL WEAPONS
• Radiological dispersion devices (RDDS) are also known as “dirty bombs.”
• The purpose of these devices is to cause panic, disrupt normal activities and contaminate specific areas. Injuries and physical destruction of the environment are not primary targets for RDDS, but they can result as well.
• Contaminated areas are likely to be uninhabitable for years.
• Radioactive materials, such as cesium 137, cobalt 60, plutonium oxide, strontium 90 and uranium oxide, are dispersed with the detonation of explosives.
• There are numerous potential sources for the radioactive materials used in RDDS. Some options include commercial sites, medical/research facilities and atomic waste disposal locations.