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The official in charge of managing the U.S. response to the oil leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday downplayed the possibility of using a nuclear or other explosive device to try to seal off the well.

"I think that's really on the peripheral of things we ought to be talking about right now," Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said when asked about suggestions that a nuclear explosion be used to seal off the leak.

"It hasn't been seriously briefed to me," Allen told ABC's "Good Morning America" program. "I think you'd have to run out of a lot of things before you'd consider something like that."

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