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Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
But if you were to destroy the nuclear/atomic weapon you would still have kilograms of fissile material floating around, which would be kind of like the radiation aftermath of a nuke detonation anyway, just a lot more concentrated in one spot. The wind could take this anywhere.
In general, don't blow up bombs
Originally posted by Ed Littlefox
Now, to answer the initial question regards conventionally "bombing the Bomb"--you would end up scattering highly radioactive (Gamma-source) material in a rather contained area on the ground, and in the atmosphere to fall into other areas according to the wind and weather. You would get the same effect as Chernoble, which contaminated 1800 square miles of prime Russian Farmland, rendering it highly radioactive and totally useless for any purpose for the next 25,000 years.
As I already said there were accidents with nuclear bombs when those bombs fell from high altitude and desintegrated, yet there was no widespread contamination perhaps not more than square kilometer.