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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Nuclear bomb nearly exploded over NC in 1961


     You might be thinking, "what does this have to do with technology or books?" The incident was saved, thank goodness, to a low voltage switch that was the only thing between the US and a big catastrophe. It seems funny if you think about it, "how could we accidently nuke ourselves?" The story was from a declassified U.S. document published by a British newspaper.
     The incident happened in 1961 when two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina, after a B-52 bomber broke up in midair, stated on MSN.  Because of the newer and more powerful technology, the explosion would have been 260 times more powerful than the device dropped on Hiroshima.
     According to, when the bomb hit the ground, a firing signal was sent to the nuclear core of the device and it was only the final, highly vulnerable switch that averted a disaster. In the document, Parker Jones, a senior engineer in the Sandia National Laboratories responsible for the mechanical safety of nuclear weapons, concluded that "one simple, dynamo-technology, low-voltage switch stood between the United States and a major catastrophe."
     The bomb behaved like a nuclear weapon in wartime with it's parachute and trigger mechanisms engaged. One hydrogen bomb fell into a field near Faro, N.C., and the other into a meadow. So all is well and let's pray that that does not happen again. You can read the story and watch the video on

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