13 times the U.S. almost destroyed itself with its own nuclear weapons


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  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Sept. 6, 2014 1:00 p.m.

    @ VST

    Some 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.

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2014 9:18 a.m.

    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.

  • A Chem Engineer Pocatello, ID
    Aug. 9, 2014 1:01 a.m.

    @ 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?

  • hermounts Pleasanton, CA
    July 14, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    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 national security.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    July 14, 2014 4:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    July 14, 2014 1:55 p.m.

    Iron Rod & General

    There 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.

  • Pac_Man Pittsburgh, PA
    July 14, 2014 1:47 p.m.

    Lucky 13. That's scary.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2014 12:28 p.m.

    Re General
    Alpine, 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.

  • jamjam Kaysville, UT
    July 14, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    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?

  • davidroy Flagstaff, AZ
    July 14, 2014 10:14 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 14, 2014 9:55 a.m.

    FOX is not an information source that I trust. I trust PBS

  • General Alpine, UT
    July 14, 2014 9:51 a.m.

    Thank you for informing terrorists that there is a nuclear warhead in the Savannah river.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    July 14, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    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 inactive.

  • Elwood P. Suggins BEAVERTON, OR
    July 14, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    PBS is not an information source that I trust. I don't trust PBS.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    July 14, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    We've also lost nuclear weapons over the ocean during the Cold War due to accidents.

  • Mister J Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2014 8:39 a.m.

    Paging Dr Strangelove.

  • nmjim SANDIA PARK, NM
    July 14, 2014 7:06 a.m.

    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.

  • Iron Rod Salt Lake City, UT
    July 14, 2014 4:56 a.m.

    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?

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    July 14, 2014 3:49 a.m.

    Remind me again why nuclear weapons were/are a good idea......