Starting the nuclear chain reaction isn't achieved trivially and depends on the design ((shot)gun or implosion). Can one be sure that with either of those designs the chain reaction (causing a thermo-nuclear explosion with the destruction pattern one would expect from an atomic bomb) isn't triggered if a conventional explosion occurs close to it?

  • $\begingroup$ Deleted my answer because the question was changed. $\endgroup$ – user4552 Jul 4 '17 at 18:46
  • $\begingroup$ @BenCrowell I'm sure you can undelete and expand it. $\endgroup$ – Karl Richter Jul 4 '17 at 18:47

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