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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Salander
Because a nuclear weapon releases gamma radiation, which, without treatment, would kill up to 90% of the people exposed within two weeks, not years later.
There was asbestos all through those towers, as well as other things in the dust that could cause cancers, all of which would take months or years to manifest. Gamma radiation kills fast at the levels a nuclear weapon releases. And it would have contaminated every person working the pile. There would have been people falling over sick, and dying within hours.
Tritium is common. It's used in, among other things, exit signs, watches, and a few dozen common items.