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Terrorism Risks Can Be Managed

A bomb explodes in the crowded downtown of a major city. Police, fire and emergency medical services personnel quickly respond to the scene. Office workers pour into the street as they evacuate their offices for “safety.” A second explosion–more powerful than the first–occurs minutes later.

A secondary explosion is always a concern for responding emergency services, but it is not their only concern. Radiological, chemical or biological material can be spread by explosive devices. Unwittingly, evacuees from buildings surrounding the initial explosion could walk into the path of the secondary device or risk exposure to life-threatening airborne hazards.

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