(ORDO NEWS) — A declassified document shows that thousands of people could have died instantly when a nuclear warhead flew 25 meters after an explosion at a US military base.
Residents of Rapid City (South Dakota, USA) did not know for decades how close they were to death.
It wasn’t until 58 years later that this report became available thanks to a freedom of information request filed last year by former journalist Harrison Kremer.
The report detailed how a 1.2 megaton nuclear warhead fell 25 meters to the ground as a result of an explosion in a missile silo.
It also described how the US Air Force tried to solve the problem on its own without seeking help from warhead designers.
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