What would happen if an atom bomb is shot?

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  • 9 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.

  • 8 months ago

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

  • Mark
    Lv 7
    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.

  • 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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  • 9 months ago

    Most likely nothing - very little.

  • 9 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
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    A great "bang" indeed

  • Dze
    Lv 7
    9 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 ...

  • 9 months ago

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

  • Robin
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

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

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