robertr
4 years ago5,000+ Views
How many of you had heard of the Damascus incident? In September 1980, at a U.S. Air Force base in Damascus, Arkansas a young technician performing routine maintenance on a Titan II missile housed in an underground silo dropped a socket wrench. The wrench punctured the missile’s fuel tank. As the highly toxic and flammable fuel leaked from the missile, officers and airmen scrambled to diagnose the problem and fix it. Their efforts ultimately failed, and eight hours after the fuel tank ruptured, it exploded with tremendous force. The detonation of the missile’s liquid fuel was powerful enough to throw the silo’s 740-ton blast door more than 200 yards and send a fireball hundreds of feet into the night sky. The missile’s nine-megaton thermo­nuclear warhead -- the most powerful ever deployed by the United States -- was found, relatively intact, in a ditch 200 yards away from the silo. If anything, this reassures me of the safety of the weapons, the warhead was intact!
3 comments
isn't nuclear weapon safety an oxymoron?
4 years ago·Reply
no, they are shockingly safe
4 years ago·Reply
no accidents!
4 years ago·Reply
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