New Scientist News – Road crash could set off nuclear blast

New Scientist News – Road crash could set off nuclear blast

Trident nuclear warheads damaged in a vehicle pile-up or a plane crash could partially detonate and deliver a lethal radiation dose, according to a newly declassified report from the UK Ministry of Defence obtained by New Scientist. The MoD has also revealed that an attack by terrorists on a nuclear weapons convoy could produce an even more disastrous outcome. “The consequences of such an incident are likely to be considerable loss of life,” says a senior MoD official.

Trident warheads are regularly transported to weapons facilities in the US and the UK, where they are inspected to make sure that ageing materials don’t render them unreliable or unstable.
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They go on to say the chances are 2.4 in a billion, but hey, those are great odds for a novelist. Maybe a nice suspense as the good guys try to prevent the bad guys from doing it. Or society dealing with the after effects. Lots of ways to go with it.

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