An Atom bomb nearly exploded over North Carolina, a bomb that was 260 times more powerful than the atom bomb that devastated Hiroshima, according to Fox News on Saturday, September 21. This occurred back in 1961 and the information was recently released via the Freedom of Information Act.
According to Yahoo News today, this means that in 1961 the U.S. dodged a catastrophe of unprecedented proportion. This for sure would have changed the U.S. into a different place than you know today. What happened?
Two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped over Goldsboro, North Carolina after a B-52 bomber broke up while it was in flight over Greensboro. One of the bombs set itself up exactly as it would if it were fired off in wartime. It deployed its parachute and the trigger mechanisms engaged. The only thing that prevented the explosion was one low-voltage switch, which saved the U.S. from a catastrophe like no other.
If the bomb had gone off, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City would have experienced the fallout of this bomb. The lives of millions of people would have been at stake. When the bomb hit the ground a firing signal was sent to the nuclear core, but the switch, which is in place to avoid unintended detonation, averted that disaster.