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1961: Nuclear Bomb Lost in the Middle of the USA

1961: Nuclear Bomb Lost in the Middle of the USA
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A nuclear bomb fell at a great speed onto a muddy field and crashed deep into the ground. Excavations were made in order to remove all nuclear materials from the ground but, due to the large quantities of water, further digging was abandoned after a while.

On this day an unusual nuclear accident occurred in populated area of the USA. Namely, an American B-52 “Stratofortress” bomber carrying a thermonuclear weapon crashed. Fuel was leaking trough a hole in the tank. The crew decided to abandon the aircraft by ejecting their seats.

The plane crashed in a field not far from a little town of Goldsboro in North Carolina. There were two 3.8-megaton nuclear bombs aboard the plane. Five of six activation mechanisms were activated on one of them. Fortunately, the 6th mechanism prevented it from exploding.

The second bomb fell at a great speed in a muddy field and crashed deep into the ground. Excavations were made in order to remove all nuclear materials from the ground but, due to the large quantities of water, further digging was abandoned after a while. It seems that a part of the bomb remained in the ground, approximately 17 m deep. The U.S. Air Force bought the land for safety reasons.

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