US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

Posted on September 20th, 2013 Dan

Exclusive: Journalist uses Freedom of Information Act to disclose 1961 accident in which one switch averted catastrophe in New York
The Guardian,

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The bomb that nearly exploded over North Carolina was 260 times more powerful than the device which devasted Hiroshima in 1945. Photo: Three Lions/Getty Images

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.


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