IMPORTANT, READ THIS FIRST!
If you discover an unattended nuclear device seek expert advice and
alert the authorities
at your earliest opportunity. If you are the only one
present, and you feel it might go off,
disarming is the sort of job a
reasonably competent DIYer can tackle with a just few simple
tools or kitchen
YOU WILL NEED:
Screwdrivers (crosshead and slotted), a penknife or
A sturdy set of barbeque tongs
Thick gloves (gardening gloves will do)
Two large cake tins and a screw-topped jar.
Detach the cover plate or access hatch and identify the parts; the
three critical components are the battery, timer and explosive charge. The
battery usually has two wires, normally coloured red and black, coming out of
it. Cutting one or both wires is a good start but watch for booby-traps. If the
battery wires are not accessible disconnect the timer (typically a box with
flashing lights and possibly a countdown display). However this may also be rigged
to detonate the device if tampered with so if you are unsure, leave it alone
and proceed to the next step.
If fitted unscrew the cover plate for the Neutron Trigger. In many
devices itís a small ball or disc. Once exposed it can be removed (it may be
held in place by several screws). Wear your gloves or use the tongs, as they
can be highly radioactive. Pop it into the screw top jar so it canít roll away.
Remove the explosive charges used to initiate the bomb. This material
is usually safe to handle; however, explosives in nuclear devices made by
terrorists and rogue states may not be stable so handle with caution.
You should now be able to see two hemispherical pieces of Uranium 235.
Try not to let them get closer or touch as they can give off a lot of
radiation. Handle with care - it is wise to wear gloves - and donít drop one on
your foot, they can be surprisingly heavy! Place each piece in a cake tin, and
keep them well apart.
Congratulations, the nuclear device is now disarmed and ready for safe
N.B. this procedure only applies to the common types of
U235 implosion bomb, other types may vary.