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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrettt View Post
    I'm surprised that this incident isn't more well known. It's kind of a big deal that they almost wiped an entire state off the map. Possibly rendering the entire east coast uninhabitable for decades due to radioactive fallout.
    I think you overstate things by an order of magnitude. A major city devastated yes, the state of North Carolina no. The entire eastern seaboard uninhabitable from one bomb definitely not. Nuclear weapons are indeed very powerful, just not that powerful. The biggest we ever made was 25MT's the biggest we ever detonated was 15mt accidently which resulted in a 1.42km fireball. Most of our weapons are 1mt or less which would have a .5km fireball.
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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    I think you overstate things by an order of magnitude. A major city devastated yes, the state of North Carolina no. The entire eastern seaboard uninhabitable from one bomb definitely not. Nuclear weapons are indeed very powerful, just not that powerful. The biggest we ever made was 25MT's the biggest we ever detonated was 15mt accidently which resulted in a 1.42km fireball. Most of our weapons are 1mt or less which would have a .5km fireball.
    I think you're underestimating the dangers out radioactive fallout. Hey! don't forget about the Tsar bomb.
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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    The title is misleading, both bombs fell to the ground.
    My apologies, I have been admonished by moderators that my thread title must exactly word for word match the sources title.

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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    I think you overstate things by an order of magnitude. A major city devastated yes, the state of North Carolina no. The entire eastern seaboard uninhabitable from one bomb definitely not. Nuclear weapons are indeed very powerful, just not that powerful. The biggest we ever made was 25MT's the biggest we ever detonated was 15mt accidently which resulted in a 1.42km fireball. Most of our weapons are 1mt or less which would have a .5km fireball.
    The article said 260 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, maybe he was going off that.

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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Hate to burst your bubble, but these bombs do not go off with impact. There was never any danger if it accidentally going off.

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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    Hate to burst your bubble, but these bombs do not go off with impact. There was never any danger if it accidentally going off.

    No bubble busted. It's not as though anyone wished they had gone off. And the article made clear that the closeness of the would be disaster was one "switch" away.

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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrettt View Post
    I think you're underestimating the dangers out radioactive fallout. Hey! don't forget about the Tsar bomb.
    You're overestimating the dangers and this wasn't a Tsar Bomb.

    Also, nuclear weapons don't detonate like automobile gas tanks in hollywood films. "One low voltage switch." I.E. The switch that arms the device. That's like saying only one little switch is between me and total darkness right now: the light switch.

    ****ing nuclear sensationalism.
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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    So sensational the DOD decided to classify it for over 50 years.

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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    You're overestimating the dangers and this wasn't a Tsar Bomb.

    Also, nuclear weapons don't detonate like automobile gas tanks in hollywood films. "One low voltage switch." I.E. The switch that arms the device. That's like saying only one little switch is between me and total darkness right now: the light switch.

    ****ing nuclear sensationalism.
    LOL I know it wasn't the Tsar bomb. Not sure what you're talking about with the switches? I take the ability to wipe massive amounts of people out in a matter of seconds pretty seriously, call it sensationalism if you want.
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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Quote Originally Posted by sbrettt View Post
    LOL I know it wasn't the Tsar bomb. Not sure what you're talking about with the switches? I take the ability to wipe massive amounts of people out in a matter of seconds pretty seriously, call it sensationalism if you want.
    Exactly, just saying there's zero tolerance for accidents when your handling atomic/hydrogen/nuclear bombs.

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