Results 1 to 1 of 1

Thread: US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961

  1. #1
    Retired Member
    Join Date
    12th September 2013
    Posts
    3,590
    Thanks
    14,867
    Thanked 15,900 Times in 3,304 Posts

    US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961



    A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.

    The document, obtained by the investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act, gives the first conclusive evidence that the US was narrowly spared a disaster of monumental proportions when two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina on 23 January 1961. The bombs fell to earth after a B-52 bomber broke up in mid-air, and one of the devices behaved precisely as a nuclear weapon was designed to behave in warfare: its parachute opened, its trigger mechanisms engaged, and only one low-voltage switch prevented untold carnage.

    Each bomb carried a payload of 4 megatons the equivalent of 4 million tons of TNT explosive. Had the device detonated, lethal fallout could have been deposited over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and as far north as New York city putting millions of lives at risk.

    More; http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...-carolina-1961



    The actual document;http://www.theguardian.com/world/int...ified-document

  2. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Spiral For This Useful Post:

    Cearna (22nd September 2013), Frances (21st September 2013)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •