The U.S. Air Force almost nuked its own country in an accident in 1961, according to newly released reports. Fox News reported on Sept. 21, 2013, "Atomic bomb nearly exploded over North Carolina in 1961, report says." According to a declassified report which was recently published, the U.S. Air Force nearly detonated an atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961.
A 1969 document with this information was obtained by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser under the Freedom of Information Act. On January 23, 1961 there was a B-52 crash near Goldsboro, North Carolina, which saw two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs break apart in mid-air. The bombs were 260 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima,
It was revealed in the report one of the bombs behaved exactly as nuclear weapon is designed to function in a time of war, and only a single low-voltage switch prevented it from detonating. Fallout may have been spread over Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City. Schlosser has said, "The US government has consistently tried to withhold information from the American people in order to prevent questions being asked about our nuclear weapons policy."
BBC News has reported, "US plane in 1961 nuclear bomb near-miss." A B-52 plane went into an uncontrolled spin over North Carolina in 1961 with one of two four-megaton nuclear bombs just one switch away from exploding over the U.S. Although the U.S. government has acknowledged this accident before, it never made public how close the bomb came to actually detonating. Schlosser has said such an explosion would have "changed literally the course of history."