What would happen if an atom bomb is shot?

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  • 8 months ago
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    Well, it would explode. The bullet passing through the atom bomb would ignite the uranium/plutonium/whatever is in there and cause a very large explosion. This would result in nuclear fallout as well, and cause a heavy loss of life if the target is a city.

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    • Tom S
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      8 months agoReport

      Trey is wrong, setting off a nuke is extremely complex.  I live near where one was accidentally dropped out of an airplane, (decades ago and in the US) no it did not detonate.

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  • 8 months ago

    If it does not contain any warhead then it could give Mozart some cause for worry... 

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  • Mark
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    8 months ago

    Nothing, really.  Atomic boms work by having ANOTHER explosive around the nuclear payload which then compresses it really quickly.  A bullet would not have sufficient mass to do this.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Nuclear devices have a lot of mechanisms built to ensure a SAFE detonation. Everything has to work a CERTAIN WAY in order for it to detonate. We don't want these things to go off just by hitting them with a stray projectile...or dropping off a bomb rack on to the ground.

    If a bullet were to hit a vital component...it would merely DAMAGE the component and it would render the bomb useless. It would NOT explode.

    Even if you managed to detonate a part of the conventional explosive inside the device...it would STILL not cause nuclear detonation...it would just blast the bomb apart leaving radioactive shrapnel to be dealt with.

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  • 8 months ago

    Most likely nothing - very little.

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  • 8 months ago

    Don't really know, but I do know that the pressure drop is what kills you. So basically the more buildings around you, the more damage it will do. 

  • oubaas
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    8 months ago

    A great "bang" indeed

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  • Dze
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    8 months ago

    likely nothing .. but it could rupture something and leak radioactive material or start a fire or worst case scenario it could short out the triggering mechanism and set it off lol .. i recommend 'not' shooting at the big firecracker ...

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    • 8 months agoReport

      This is the WORST ANSWER, it is a troll answer. I am an actual nuclear engineer and oldprof is a troll.

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  • 8 months ago

    Very little....................

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  • Robin
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    8 months ago

    nothing .........................................

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    • oldprof
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      8 months agoReport

      Most atomic bombs are essentially harmless as even the high explosives used to set off the physics package (the nuke part) are difficult if not impossible to set off abnormally.  But that depends on which lab designed and built them it turns out.

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