B-52 A-Bomb Crash Test

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Plutonium Valley is a six square mile valley in Area 11 on the Nevada Test Site, where in the early 1950’s, the AEC exploded 10,000 tons of TNT packed around a B-52 bomber and its nuclear device to simulate what could happen in a crash. The A-Bomb itself did not explode, but particles of plutonium were dispersed over a wide area which to this day remains accessible only to those wearing Rad suits and respirators as the environment will be contaminated for 400 generations. We could not enter, and after being greeted by the sign on the gate, my desire to get closer diminished. My Geiger counter finally had something abnormal to count.
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