Declassified Government Documents Show That North Carolina Was Almost Nuked In 1961

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58 years ago North Carolina was almost nuked…on accident. If one tiny switch worked properly, there would now be a massive crater in the center of North Carolina.

PBS released this short video about the incident:

This original government documentnorth-carolina-almost-nuked, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, shows the first definitive proof that the US government almost detonated 2 hydrogen bombs over Goldsboro, NC on Jan. 23rd, 1961.

The bombs fell out of the government’s B-52 after it fell apart in mid-air. One of the bombs began its detonation sequence as it was falling, but due to a tiny switch not working properly, the largest nuclear disaster in US history was avoided.

1961-goldsboro-m39Each bomb had a total payload of 4 megatons – equivalent to about 4 million tons of TNT.

If the bomb had worked properly and detonated, lethal fallout could have spread as far as Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and even up to New York city – putting countless lives at risk.

The state of North Carolina has even erected a historical road marker in the town of Eureka, 3 miles north of the crash site, commemorating the crash with a sign that reads “Nuclear Mishap.”

North Carolina would certainly be a different state if one tiny little switch worked properly.

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