Skip to comments.Atom bomb nearly detonated over North Carolina in 1961
Posted on 09/21/2013 6:42:38 AM PDT by nuconvert
The US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating a huge atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961, according to a newly declassified document published by Britain's Guardian newspaper on Saturday.Two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over the city of Goldsboro, North Carolina on January 23, 1961 when the B-52 plane carrying them broke up in mid-air, according to the file.
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The official version:
“Nuclear Blasts in Mississippi
“At 10:00 a.m. on October 22, 1964, the United States government detonated an underground nuclear device in Lamar County, in south Mississippi. Residents there felt three separate shocks, and watched as the soil rose and behaved like ocean waves. Hunting dogs howled in terror, and two miles from the test site the blast shook pecans off the pecan trees. This nuclear test, and the one that followed two years later at the same Mississippi site, were the only nuclear explosions on U.S. soil east of the Rocky Mountain states...Most residents later reported that the shock of the explosion was much stronger than they had been led to believe. “
I can understand this being moved to Chat, but Blogs & Personal? It’s neither
I thought the post was saying it was an a above-ground detonation.
Nope, but I may check it out
The reason I was misled was the poster’s implication that it was politically motivated.
If the story is to be believed, three of four safety interlocks on this particular bomb failed.
Downwinder ping to #21
LBJ? It was political.
The real danger would come from the impact detonating the conventional explosives within the weapon: that souls scatter plutonium over a wide area. That would contaminate the area for a very, very long time.
Watch the following video. It's about 20 minutes long. Makes one wonder why California doesn't glow in the dark, and why any of us are alive.
Yes. "Best" case now is it is an A-Bomb, as the tritium needed to make it an H-Bomb has long since decayed.
After soaking in seawater, sand and silt all these years it's unlikely that the electronic are in any shape to set off the conventional charges needed to compress the pit and initiate a nuclear reaction.
For that matter, the explosives themselves are probably degraded beyond the BOOM stage and might only *pop*.
Still, having a big enough lump of fissile material out there somewhere is worrisome all by itself...
“And right after that, we had to start calling it East Carolina.” Thanks nuconvert.
I sure never heard this one. BFLR.
That was back in the days when we fervently asked "GOD to Bless America". Now with the godless sodomites and the party that booed GOD at their convention, led by the antiCHRIST, in control, I'd bet that last trigger would work perfectly; and we probably deserve it.
Kewl! I hadn’t see that before. It doesn’t include SA, Israel or NK, though...
Dang. I hate that stuff...
I wondered why this was coming up. HIstory Channel did a show about this 5 years ago. Old News.
As for the Tybee bomb (actually off the coast from Warsaaw Island), it may never be found. The mud off the coast here is so deap and that can was so heavy, it may be 100 feet under the mud now.
EMP wouldn’t have been a big problem in 1961.
Not if you don’t mind living without electricity. True about laptops and ipods, an EMP would still have fried the electronics in cars and trucks.
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