@ VSTSome people say went to the moon, some say we did not...Not all testimony is equally credible. There was no warhead for those of
us that recognize the moon landings as actual events.
The article was humorous and designed to excite the excitable. What I glean
from the information was that fail-safe and security measures work. Also the
"two crossed wires" article sounded a little fishy.Nukes are
serious business and the people who handle them take them seriously. No
one's perfect but I think the troops who handle them and fly or sail with
them are safe.It's the looney politicians who order their use I
am worried about.
@ SAS: Why were they? So that my father and a million other
anticipated U.S. casualties did not have to invade Japan (i.e. so I could be
born - and before you say it, remember who started the war in the Pacific...and
who were going to fight until the last Japanese citizen was dead.). Please refer
to the documentary, "The Last Raid", documenting the last U.S. bombing
raid over Japan AFTER both bombs had been dropped, to understand the veracity of
my last comment. Why are they? Because the U.S. was the FIRST,
not the ONLY, country to develop the atomic bomb. Were it not for two sabotage
efforts in Norway to destroy the heavy water plant there, Germany might have
beaten us to it. How's your German (that's assuming you would have
ever been born under Hitler's totalitarian world rule in the shadow of his
nuclear arsenal)? Is the picture becoming clear yet?
To say that the U.S. "almost destroyed itself" in any of these instances
is a ludicrous overstatement. If anything, these examples prove how well the
fail-safe mechanisms worked. And by the way, the so-called National Security
Archive is a decidedly left-wing organization, by no means dedicated to our
13 times the U.S. almost destroyed itself with its own nuclear weapons+++If we keep shaking the dice, eventually the 'magic'
number WILL come up.
Iron Rod & GeneralThere is not a nuclear warhead sitting in the
Savannah River. This article is misleading. Nuclear warheads are not installed
on bombs during training or simulations. In most of these examples
the 'nuke' part of the bomb was never in play. This story
is meant to be sensational to generate traffic. And it worked. Here we are
reading and discussing it. Click on one of the adds to the right and the
objective will be complete.
Lucky 13. That's scary.
Re GeneralAlpine, Utah"Thank you for informing the
terrorists that there is an undiscovered nuclear weapon in the Savannah
River."I would think the people who live near that area in
Georgia would like to know. I would think the State would like to know also to
monitor the water quality. I would think the fisherman eating fish out of that
area would like to know.I think you would like to know if there was
a lost nuclear weapon in Utah Lake?Nothing is indestructible or
stays intact for ever. At some time in the future the casing will leak.We need to continually monitor that site.
Interesting article! The last event listed was 1980. Are the handling procedures
that much better today that there haven't been any major accidents since
then? Or have others occurred and just not been declassified yet so we
don't know about them?
These are complex weapons that are designed not to explode easily....for obvious
reasons. It would be like a person standing 50 feet away from a person holding a
firecracker and trying to light the fuse. I was on a Special Weapons (nuclear)
loading team while in the Marine Corps (air wing)and know that a lot has to
happen before the actual nuclear part of the bomb detonates. Just dropping it
won't do it. I found some of the stories in this article humorous....if you
can use that word when talking about nuclear weapons. The one about the
intruder....they were actually going to drop a nuke on a single intruder? And
the parachutes do not arm the weapon as was insinuated. The weapons I worked on
were parachute retarded, not to arm it but rather to provide a pre-determined
altitude where the bomb would detonate. An air burst proved to be the most
destructive. I stopped reading after a few stories.
FOX is not an information source that I trust. I trust PBS
Thank you for informing terrorists that there is a nuclear warhead in the
The key issue with every nuclear accident is the detonator. In order to have a
nuclear explosion, you have to have implosion of the core. The detonator has to
have simultaneous explosions in a circular pattern like a large rubber ball
exploding from the outer skin. My father, as an Air Force technician in places
like Albuquerque, installed them. In order for the danger level to be evaluated
fairly, you would have to check the status of the detonator. A conventional
explosion would just mean that the detonator exploded and the bomb itself was
PBS is not an information source that I trust. I don't trust PBS.
We've also lost nuclear weapons over the ocean during the Cold War due to
Paging Dr Strangelove.
Another goofy list with a false but attention grabbing headline. Even had ANY
of these incidents resulted in a nuclear explosion, it would not have
"Destroyed the U.S.".These reports seem to me to indicate the
wisdom in the design of nuclear weapons for transport, successfully preventing
further catastrophe.What always make ME wonder is the fact that a sizeable
number of scientists involved in the Manhattan Project theorized the White Sands
explosion MIGHT ignite the atmosphere and incinerate the earth. They set it off
anyway..... go figure.
Fantastic article.How many of you knew that we have had problems
with our nuclear weapons like this?One nuclear weapon in the Savanah
River was never recovered.If we have had problems like this, what
have other nuclear powers experienced.Example Russia, China,
England, France, Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea?
Remind me again why nuclear weapons were/are a good idea......