How a 'dirty bomb' blast may harm you
(CNN) -- U.S. officials say Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network may possess radiological material that could be used to make a so-called "dirty bomb."
A "dirty bomb" -- or radiation bomb -- is a conventional explosive laced with radioactive materials designed more to terrify people than to kill large numbers, experts said.
Victims who are near, but survive, a radiation bomb explosion could experience imminent radiation sickness. And, some victims may not see any side effects for years.
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