[ RadSafe ] Tonight's NCIS:LA TV - a (nuclear) blast

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Tue May 14 15:21:29 CDT 2013

While I enjoyed watching NCIS (the LA version, not as much), the show
was not useful for spreading accurate information about radiation to the
viewing public.  Any time radiation or radioactive material was part of
the plot you could assume they would get it wrong, usually very wrong,
and often wrong in several different ways at the same time.  I don't
recall the episode, but I remember one occasion where they had three
errors in a single sentence.

"Bones" is at least as bad.  

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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Tonight's NCIS:LA TV - a (nuclear) blast

Tonight's season finale of NCIS:Los Angeles (8 PM CT; CBS) features a
terrorist plot and a nuclear explosion.  

A preview of the episode
(http://www.aceshowbiz.com/video/download/00042322/) shows a brief scene
of the nuclear explosion.

Given Hollywood's strict adherence to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of
1963 (and the show's limited budget), it is no surprise that the nuclear
explosion was just a cropped video of the May 25, 1963, Grable 15 Kt
explosion, which was the only test using "Atomic Annie," the 280 mm M65
cannon that fired an atomic projectile at the Nevada Test Site

Compare the NCIS video at 1 sec to the Grable shot at 15 secs to see the

Back in a February, 2010, episode of the original NCIS show, the team
reached into their equipment inventory to measure suspected radioactive
contamination using an old CDV-700 geiger counter

Rick Strickert
Austin, TX

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