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A graphite bomb (also known as the "Blackout Bomb") is a non-lethal weapon used to disable electrical power systems. Graphite bombs work by spreading a cloud of extremely fine carbon fibre wires over electrical components, causing a short-circuit and a disruption of the electrical supply. The graphite bomb was used against Iraq in the Gulf War (1990 - 1991), knocking out 85% of the electrical supply. Similarly, the "BLU-114/B" graphite bomb was used by NATO against Serbia in May of 1999, disabling 70% of that country's power grid.
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