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The 4-megaton Mark 39 bombs -- each packing 260 times the explosive power of the weapon that decimated Hiroshima -- broke loose over Goldsboro, N.C., as the bomber went into a tailspin and crashed.

All four safety mechanisms designed to prevent accidental detonation worked properly on one bomb, which landed in a meadow, but three failed on the other, and only a low-voltage switch kept it from exploding upon impact in a field in Faro, N.C., said the 1969 report.

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I guess this could be science news? It's crazy to think a hydrogen bomb came so close to going off in the States.
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Is OP a /. reader?
Also (from /.) this was the first of two times for a B52 to leave that base and crash with such warheads.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_Palomares_B-52_crash
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961_Goldsboro_B-52_crash
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Is OP a /. reader?
Also (from /.) this was the first of two times for a B52 to leave that base and crash with such warheads.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_Palomares_B-52_crash
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961_Goldsboro_B-52_crash

Negative. I just stumbled upon it while reading Google News. How close we actually came to disaster is what was recently declassified.
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