Excellent, my friend! Here. Take this explosive switch. Hook it up to the air purifier and get the hell out of there. We've arranged it so that the town's mutants will be in the mine.Jacob the Chemist

Blow up the mine's air purifier is a side quest in Fallout 2.

Quick walkthrough

Side Quest: Blow up the mine's air purifier
Complete Break Manson and Franc out of prison quest.
Speak to Jacob.
Go to Broken Hills mine.
Attach the detonator to the air purifier.
Report to Jacob.
Reward: 1500 XP, -50 Karma

Detailed walkthrough

After the prison break, talk to Jacob, and he will offer this quest to blow up the mine's air purifier and kill the super mutants. He gives you a detonator, which must be attached to the purifier in the mine. Once this is done, you are automatically transported out of the mine, receive 1500 XP, and every super mutant in the town is killed. Jacob offers you a small cache of weapons as a reward when you speak to him.

Your Karma will drop fifty-points, Broken Hills reputation will drop thirty-points, and you will be killing off every super mutant in the town, and dooming the survivors.

Any quests involving Marcus or Francis can't be completed after this since they were killed.

Alternate method

Once you receive this quest, you can instead turn the gang in to Marcus for 2500 XP.


The purifier cannot be destroyed after it has been repaired.