• The rods in a reactor are very different from weapons grade Uranium, kiddo.
  • It's because the nuke hasn't had the nuclear reaction started yet, while the fuel in the reactor you are describing is in the process of undergoing a nuclear reaction. *** Fissionable material (uranium, plutonium) doesn't explode if it's just sitting there, in much the same way that a log does not burst into flame if it's just sitting there. In both cases you have to INITIATE the reaction. The nuclear reactor is a CONTROLLED reaction, INTENTIONALLY using up the fuel at a controlled and relatively slow rate. The nuclear bomb is a much more uncontrolled reaction, a reaction that attempts to use up as much of the fuel as possible as quickly as possible.

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