NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City is receiving a multimillion dollar Homeland Security grant to protect the metropolitan area from “dirty bombs” – crudely constructed nuclear explosive devices.

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The money will help purchase radiation detection equipment, reports WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood steps from the failed Times Square bomb attack with NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism Richard Daddario.

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“Just a few months ago in Times Square, we all experienced what would happen if we had a bomb detonate in this city,” Gillibrand said.

The senator said that even more frightening than the Times Square plot would be a dirty bomb, which contains radioactive material. Gillibrand said the New York metropolitan area is receiving $18.5 million in Homeland Security funds to help install monitors that would detect radioactive materials.

“It’s the resources we need to deploy monitors around the city, so no dirty bomb can enter the city,” Gillibrand said.

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The legislation was co-sponsored by Long Island Congressman Peter King.