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

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Well sure, that's all it is.
    A near explosion, YES.
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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.
    I'm sorry, but you're wrong. See, I watched the great John Travolta film "Broken Arrow," so I know how nuclear weapons work.
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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    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.


    US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina
    So the redundant safety systems worked...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by SBu View Post
    So the redundant safety systems worked...
    That's why they're redundant.
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    Re: US nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina-secret document

    You could have read about this bomb in many places like Wikipedia quite a while ago. A reporter found a recently declassified document and decided that the whole incident must have been hushed up all these years. Untrue. The Guardian specializes in expose reports.

    For your information this Wiki article lists all known military accidents. List of military nuclear accidents - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    You will find the one mentioned in this thread on Jan 24 1962 as the Goldsboro B-52 crash.

    Redundant safety systems are designed with the hope that there are always at least one more device than failure. In the case of this crash the pilot arming switch operated as the final safety device even though several others failed.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    My apologies, I have been admonished by moderators that my thread title must exactly word for word match the sources title.
    Yes, that is a requirement. Could it also be a probable indication the story is hype...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    I'm sorry, but you're wrong. See, I watched the great John Travolta film "Broken Arrow," so I know how nuclear weapons work.
    LOL...

    I saw that too. But did you see The Manhattan Project?

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    Now I have also had classified briefing on such things. I worked in the nuclear theater when I was in the military for six years.

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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
    Yes, that is a requirement. Could it also be a probable indication the story is hype...
    If you mean that in fact it wasn't one switch away from detonation then yes, sure.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    If you mean that in fact it wasn't one switch away from detonation then yes, sure.
    No, I mean because the writer of the article was either stupid, or made things up.

    If the bomb was going to explode on accident, it would have been from the shock of hitting the ground. That clearly means it wouldn't be "over" the land, city, or what ever. For maximum effect, these bombs are designed to trigger in the air, above their target.

    I simply cannot stand to read BS from sites like the guardian, common dreams, etc. because of this complete lack of professional journalism. The mainstream journalists are bad enough, but these whacho sites seriously cross ethical lines of honesty regularly.

    Now...

    If the switch had manages to somehow short on impact as well, and the detonation explosive went off, it still would not have been a nuclear explosion. That same impact would have misaligned detonation explosives, which must go off precisely to compress the sub-critical mass to a critical mass. Chances are, the core would still remain intact, and at worse, it would have been a dirty bomb. Not a megaton range explosion.

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

    The reason it was probably never a big deal was because that low voltage switch was probably a safety pin installed on the bomb to prevent this sort of thing from happening. You can drop a bomb from 50,000 feet and it will not go off unless the safety switches are uninstalled. Not really much news to see here, just some anti-government/military garbage.
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