#1 Declassified report: Two nuclear bombs nearly detonated in North Carolina06-13-2014, 09:42 AM
By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN
updated 7:58 PM EDT, Thu June 12, 2014
(CNN) -- On a January night in 1961, a U.S. Air Force bomber broke in half while flying over eastern North Carolina. From the belly of the B-52 fell two bombs -- two nuclear bombs that hit the ground near the city of Goldsboro.
A disaster worse than the devastation wrought in Hiroshima and Nagasaki could have befallen the United States that night. But it didn't, thanks to a series of fortunate missteps.
Declassified documents that the National Security Archive released this week offered new details about the incident. The blaring headline read: "Multi-Megaton Bomb Was Virtually 'Armed' When It Crashed to Earth."
I loved this part the most...
"I hit some trees. I had a fix on some lights and started walking."
The MK39 bombs weighed 10,000 pounds and their explosive yield was 3.8 megatons. Compare that to the bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki: They were 0.01 and 0.02 megatons.
But Rardin didn't know then what a catastrophe had been avoided.
"My biggest difficulty getting back was the various and sundry dogs I encountered on the road."
May the FORCE be with you!
06-13-2014, 09:50 AM
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One was dropped on an S.C. farm house.....and another one is still lost in the Atlantic right off our coast, I believe.
06-13-2014, 10:55 AM
06-13-2014, 11:03 AMWhile it's unclear how frequently these types of accidents have occurred, the Defense Department has disclosed 32 accidents involving nuclear weapons between 1950 and 1980.
I'm so happy! Hugs for everybody! Or not.
06-13-2014, 06:44 PMIt's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
Originally Posted by Carol
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