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December 8th, 2004


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03:00 pm - "It was like the most beautiful sunrise I had ever seen . . ."
Guess what?

There's a nuclear weapon lying in a farmer's field in North Carolina. Outside Goldsboro.

Apparently, the USAF lost a B-52 bomber with two warheads on board in 1961 (on Jan. 23), and while they were able to recover one of the two warheads, the other's emergency parachute didn't deploy correctly and it scattered across the landscape, ending up mostly in a farmer's field.

Because the ground was water-logged (described as "quicksand-like"), they couldn't get to all the pieces.

But rest assured. It's only the uranium core that they couldn't recover.

On a side note, five of six safety features failed, meaning one switch came between life and firey death for a bunch of North Carolinans.
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From:druidevo
Date:December 8th, 2004 02:53 pm (UTC)
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What is your source? I'd like to read it for myself, mostly because I was in North CArolina not to long ago, and would actually belive it, especially after drinking the water.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 8th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC)
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Actually, I didn't fully buy it for myself for a little bit, but after finding the source in several places online, I suspect it's somewhat true.

http://www.ibiblio.org/bomb/lead.html

Check there first. But a Goggle search for a few key words, like:

atomic bomb goldsboro North Carolina

Will bring up a bunch of different hits regarding it.

Curiously, the sources all agree on generally what happened, but not on what couldn't be retrieved. So, really, there's enough evidence to suggest that something was left there, but it's a lot of speculation on what actually is there.

Some sources do say that the missle were not armed. *shrugs* Dunno. Probably won't unless we go try to dig it up :)
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From:druidevo
Date:December 8th, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
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If it wasn't armed, then even if the actual core was there it should still be sheilded from it's own halves so as not to detonate.... At least back is 1961(?) or so. I have no idea what the self life is on a Thermo-Nuclear core is in non-ideal conditions. I do know how some survival stratagies for afterwards thought, provided your far enough away.
From:fred_smith
Date:December 8th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Huh. Time for a road trip, I think. Lets make the Golden Apple Corps into a world power!
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From:reisender
Date:December 8th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Sure, go ahead. Don't forget your oven mitts and aluminum foil helmets.

I learned enough in my Atomic Physics course to know that I don't want to go looking for a weapons grade uranium core whose shell may be degrading over time due to exposure to nature.

From:priestessoya
Date:December 9th, 2004 01:50 am (UTC)
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hey i'm changing journals, I won't be at priestessoya any more, my new journal is 3starsinmyeyes

please friend me there (cuz I already friended you from there!:)
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From:roc441
Date:December 9th, 2004 06:49 am (UTC)
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I have no pretense of being a physisist but I am quite certain that a nuclear bomb does not detonate just from being dropped, or in this case crashed. As to contamination hazard if there was a uranium core left behind....now thats scarier.

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