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Friday, September 20, 2013

US Nearly Detonated Atomic Bomb Over North Carolina

Journalist uses Freedom of Information Act to disclose 1961 accident in which one switch averted catastrophe.


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.

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