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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Newly released government documents reveal that a 42,000-pound hydrogen bomb, one of the most powerful ever made, accidentally fell from a bomber near Albuquerque 29 years ago, a newspaper said today.
Non-nuclear explosives, which are used to trigger armed nuclear devices, detonated in the unarmed Mark 17 bomb when it hit the ground 4 1/2 miles south of Kirtland Air Force Base's control tower, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
The newspaper said it obtained the documents through the Freedom of Information Act.
No one was injured when the bomb hit an uninhabited area owned by the University of New Mexico, creating a crater about 12 feet deep and 25 feet in diameter, the newspaper said.
The documents said minor radioactive contamination was detected in the crater.
"It is possibly the most powerful bomb we ever made," said Stan Norris, a research associate with the Natural Resources Defense Council and a specialist on nuclear weapons.
The government documents did not show the exact explosive yield of the bomb, but Norris said most researchers believe that it was more than 10 megatons. A megaton is the equivalent of 1 million tons, or 1,000 kilotons, of TNT.
originally posted by: Telos
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