#1 Declassified report: Two nuclear bombs nearly detonated in North Carolina06-13-2014, 08:42 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, 08:50 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, 09:55 AM
06-13-2014, 10:03 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.
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06-13-2014, 05:44 PMIt's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
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