Single Switch Saved the U.S. From Atomic Bomb Detonation in 1961
A chilling report, published by the Guardian today, shows just how close the U.S. came to nuclear catastrophe in 1961. The document, newly declassified by the Freedom of Information Act, reveals that an atom bomb – 260 times more powerful than the bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki – nearly exploded over Goldsboro, North Carolina on January 23, 1961. What prevented the detonation? A single switch. Let that thought rest a moment. Had the bomb gone off, the fallout would have jeopardized millions of lives. As the author of the 1969 report sums it up: “It would have been bad news – in spades.” Bad news indeed.