Concerning my WIP, which I'd thought was just about ready to publish: Towards the end of the novel, my Mr. Big Bad blows up his own massive ammunition and explosives cache, hoping it will cover his escape with the suitcase nuke he still hopes to use someday. Ms. Female Protag, witnessing the explosion from a fairly safe distance, concludes from its effects on the landscape and from the nature of the debris cloud that the suitcase nuke (which she has seen for herself and believes to be real) was not in the big blow up. Her goal from then on and up to the climax is to keep law enforcement, who don't believe it's real, from doing anything that might detonate it in their final confrontation with Mr. Big Bad. OK, fine. But tonight at work it hit me that Mr. Big Bad has told her and Mr. Male Protag that he has more of these suitcase nukes in production in his underground lab. Even if these bombs aren't yet armed, presumably he's got the fissile material (stolen from a breeder reactor) somewhere on the premises. Meaning it would blow up with everything else. I don't think that'd result in a "nuclear" explosion; at least, I hope not. But there'd be radioactive fallout from that debris cloud, wouldn't there? Now, in real life I can stand in my front yard and see the cooling tower steam off the local nuclear power station. Wow, why don't I just ring them up tomorrow and ask their public affairs liaison all about it? Uh, maybe not. Not in today's climate. "Hi, sir, I want to ask you what happens if you blow up nuclear material, like from a power plant like this one." I'd be asking the FBI agents in for tea within thirty minutes. So what do you think? Have you had success asking officials questions like this, without giving them the wrong idea?