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Atomic demolition munitions are nuclear devices used for demolition or earthmoving purposes. As of 2009, they have never been used commercially or on a military deployment, though devices have been used to put out gas well fires as part of the Soviet test program.

The Soviet Union tested the use of nuclear devices for mining and natural gas extraction on several occasions starting from the mid 1960s, as part of the Nuclear Explosions for the National Economy program. Tests for similar purposes were carried out in the United States under Operation Plowshare, but due to radioactive contamination caused by the tests, no commercial use was made of the technology. With today's greater understanding of the dangers of radiation, it seems unlikely that nuclear devices will ever be used for non-military purposes.

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