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Atom bomb nearly detonated over North Carolina in 1961
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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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1 posted on 09/21/2013 6:42:38 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

Quick, Look over there!


2 posted on 09/21/2013 6:44:59 AM PDT by stanne
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To: nuconvert; zot

Of course, the progressives will say: “so who would have noticed the loss of a bunch of racist rednecks.” Of course those now despised “racist rednecks” were all yellow dog voting dimocrats back then.


3 posted on 09/21/2013 6:46:14 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: nuconvert

Wow. Depending on how high it was if it had detonated, we’re lucky we aren’t living in the 1700’s right now. (EMP)


4 posted on 09/21/2013 6:48:28 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: nuconvert

reference link to earlier thread:
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3069438/posts
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5 posted on 09/21/2013 6:49:10 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: GreyFriar

Lousy attempt at deflection.


6 posted on 09/21/2013 6:50:36 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Repeal The 17th

thanks


7 posted on 09/21/2013 6:51:55 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: chessplayer
Depending on how high it was if it had detonated, we’re lucky we aren’t living in the 1700’s right now. (EMP)

Think it would have knocked out all the laptops and ipods, and scrambled the electronic ignition on the cars?

EMP wouldn't have been a big problem in 1961.

8 posted on 09/21/2013 6:52:06 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: nuconvert

Wouldn’t it have taken some doing to cause them to detonate?


9 posted on 09/21/2013 6:52:26 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: nuconvert

Let’s not forget LBJ setting off a couple of nukes in Mississippi to discourage resistance to the ‘Civil Rights Act’ which he had signed about 3 months before the first one.


10 posted on 09/21/2013 6:57:29 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: nuconvert
While US nukes have numerous safety interlocks that prevent them from accidentally detonating and presumably keeping them from being armed except on Presidential command, I wonder just how secure are the nukes in places like Pakistan and North Korea. Could Pakistani nuclear weapons fall into the wrong hands and be easily used?
11 posted on 09/21/2013 6:58:10 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: nuconvert
Publicity for a new book that has been published by Fast Food Nation liberal author Eric Schlosser.
12 posted on 09/21/2013 6:59:23 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: PAR35
EMP wouldn't have been a big problem in 1961.

Especially in North Carolina. Some folks would have missed listening to a ball game or two, but not much else.

13 posted on 09/21/2013 7:00:50 AM PDT by EricT. (Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big brother is watching you.)
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To: nuconvert

There is still a missing H-Bomb somewhere near Tybee island near Savannah Georgia. That was in 1958.


14 posted on 09/21/2013 7:01:21 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: chessplayer

Hmmm. I was born in Ft. Bragg NC - February 4, 1961. I guess I’d be dead.


15 posted on 09/21/2013 7:01:55 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: nuconvert

oops

it could really happen though if whimsy linsey graham crackers gets his her lunatic way


16 posted on 09/21/2013 7:02:08 AM PDT by bigheadfred (INFIDEL)
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To: PAR35

PAR35 wrote:

Let’s not forget LBJ setting off a couple of nukes in Mississippi to discourage resistance to the ‘Civil Rights Act’ which he had signed about 3 months before the first one.”

Par35,

Do you have a link for this story?


17 posted on 09/21/2013 7:02:15 AM PDT by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: chessplayer

Pat Robertson probably saved us from destruction.


18 posted on 09/21/2013 7:03:01 AM PDT by sakic
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To: PAR35

LBJ set off nukes?


19 posted on 09/21/2013 7:03:40 AM PDT by sakic
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To: PAR35

?? something he dreamed about?


20 posted on 09/21/2013 7:08:39 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: WildHighlander57; sakic

The official version:

“Nuclear Blasts in Mississippi

Stephen Cresswell

“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. “

http://mshistorynow.mdah.state.ms.us/articles/293/nuclear-blasts-in-mississippi


21 posted on 09/21/2013 7:10:29 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: Sidebar Moderator

I can understand this being moved to Chat, but Blogs & Personal? It’s neither


22 posted on 09/21/2013 7:11:09 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
Remember this 1983 movie
23 posted on 09/21/2013 7:13:45 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: PAR35

I thought the post was saying it was an a above-ground detonation.


24 posted on 09/21/2013 7:17:45 AM PDT by sakic
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To: bmwcyle

Nope, but I may check it out


25 posted on 09/21/2013 7:18:15 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: sakic

The reason I was misled was the poster’s implication that it was politically motivated.


26 posted on 09/21/2013 7:19:07 AM PDT by sakic
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To: The Great RJ; Genoa

If the story is to be believed, three of four safety interlocks on this particular bomb failed.


27 posted on 09/21/2013 7:24:42 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Genoa
Wouldn't it have taken some doing to cause them to detonate?...
It would take a lot of doing. A nuclear reaction requires huge compression of a core of fissile elements by precisely focusing detonations around it and driving it together. A generic explosion tends to spread material outward. Unless the bombs were unlocked and armed an atomic reaction would not be possible, and even if they were, there is almost no chance that the reaction could proceed if the device was being broken apart by the kinetic energy of some external blast.
28 posted on 09/21/2013 7:26:47 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: Monkey Face

Downwinder ping to #21


29 posted on 09/21/2013 7:27:29 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: sakic

LBJ? It was political.


30 posted on 09/21/2013 7:29:23 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: nuconvert

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.


31 posted on 09/21/2013 7:33:39 AM PDT by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: PAR35; WildHighlander57; sakic
You all may find this interesting...

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.

A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 -

32 posted on 09/21/2013 7:36:52 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Wiggins
There is still a missing H-Bomb somewhere near Tybee island near Savannah Georgia. That was in 1958.

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...

33 posted on 09/21/2013 7:40:03 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

“And right after that, we had to start calling it East Carolina.” Thanks nuconvert.


34 posted on 09/21/2013 7:41:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: PAR35

I sure never heard this one. BFLR.


35 posted on 09/21/2013 7:43:49 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: nuconvert
Atom bomb nearly detonated over North Carolina in 1961

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.

36 posted on 09/21/2013 7:46:19 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Muzzie killing muzzie what's the downside and who am I to stop them ?)
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To: UCANSEE2

Kewl! I hadn’t see that before. It doesn’t include SA, Israel or NK, though...


37 posted on 09/21/2013 7:58:33 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: null and void

Dang. I hate that stuff...


38 posted on 09/21/2013 8:12:31 AM PDT by Monkey Face (I have OCD and ADD so everything has to be perfect. But not for very long.)
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To: Yo-Yo

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.


39 posted on 09/21/2013 8:28:14 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: PAR35

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.


40 posted on 09/21/2013 8:35:40 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: sakic

Pat Robertson probably saved us from destruction.


He would have blamed it on gays.


41 posted on 09/21/2013 8:37:42 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: sakic

Him and that Phelps idiot.


42 posted on 09/21/2013 8:38:26 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: nuconvert

They nearly went off, except that the “ARMED” switch was not thrown.

I nearly shot myself at the range this morning, except that the muzzle was pointed downrange instead of at my head. A guy in my town nearly shot his ex-wife, if by “nearly” you mean it went off “while he was cleaning it” and the bullet missed her by a few inches. Those are two very different usages of “nearly”.

A lot of things nearly happen, if by “nearly” you mean something different from what most people mean. Only some of those hypothetical situations are real.


43 posted on 09/21/2013 9:03:44 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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“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.”

Yeah, I don’t know about that... The only “electronics” in vehicles back then were points, condensers, and coils. I am not even sure that these can be damaged by an EMP, and if they were, they are easily replaceable.

Remember this was 1961...


44 posted on 09/21/2013 9:23:53 AM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: chessplayer

‘61. Mostly vacuum tubes and analog systems. We would have faired pretty well in that regard.


45 posted on 09/21/2013 9:35:30 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: null and void

You believe that LBJ set off a nuclear explosion as a political statement to the locals?

Sarcsam, right?


46 posted on 09/21/2013 9:45:52 AM PDT by sakic
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To: nuconvert

BARNEY!


47 posted on 09/21/2013 9:49:41 AM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: sakic

Maybe...


48 posted on 09/21/2013 9:50:03 AM PDT by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

You think America deserves to be nuked because it contains some aholes?

If that is all that is needed, it would have blown up here in 1945.

Hopefully, God has a different view than you do.


49 posted on 09/21/2013 9:50:17 AM PDT by sakic
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To: chessplayer

Not in 1961. The world was not as transistorized as it is now. Most vehicles would have worked. Most electric systems could have been repaired. Not like today, where everything is run by computers.


50 posted on 09/21/2013 9:57:00 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers?)
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