Only a miraculous mishap kept much of North Carolina from becoming a nuclear wasteland in 1961. The bomb that came closest to going off was 190 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Nagasaki.(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.
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