As the cleanup process elongated the locals started to panic about the imminent doom, as Spain is strongly dependent on tourism the main concern of
the locals was not the possibly painful death by radiation, but the lack of tourist visiting the sunny coast of Spain. To calm the people, then
dictator Francisco Franco send then tourism minister Manuel Fraga accompanied by US ambassador Biddle Duke to take a relaxing swim in the Palomares
Local heroes Duke and Fraga getting their
Asked by a reporter on the scene if Duke detected radioactivity in the water Duke replied with a laugh: "If this is radioactivity, I love it!", and
despite being dead since 2012 some Spaniards claim the radiation made Fraga immortal, the strongest conspiracy theory is that the photo op was
actually carried out 20 miles south of Palomares in Mojacar.
The other big concern of the incident was the economical impact to the tomato farmers of the area, so good old franco just ordered to sell the crops
without any label indicating it came from Palomares.
Site as can be found on present day.
The area is safely secured by a fence; ever since the locals have to take an
annual examination in Madrid, some of them have not been checked in decades.
While radiation readings are not specially alarming outside the fence just slightly removing the soil inside the fence still yield strong
measurements, locals fear that on windy days dust from the site carries radiation. By the other hand reports indicate that most of the participants in
the clean-up effort have had cancer.
A permanent solution to clean the area is still being negotiated between US and Spain and in 2012 secretary of state Hillary Clinton stated:
"Secretary Clinton has said this will be resolved before her mandate is up," and. "'I am personally committed,' she said."
Mother f… LOL she cannot avoid lying.
Many conspiracies arisen from the incident, from the believable to Aliens.
Firstly, doubts about camp Wilson, the temporal base US made on the side, made locals believe the Americans were not searching for the bombs, but in
reality, an UFO crashed on the site and they were recovering the crash, many eyewitnesses of the crash claimed the saw a third object beside the 2
planes that collide midair, a disc shaped UFO that crashed on the sea.
The strong military presence was attributed to the possibility USSR could try to recover the devices for their technology; another allege party
interested in recover the tech was the Spanish government, that at the time had a program developing nukes and there are claims they dispatched a
general to retrieve the trigger mechanism before Americans could arrive to the scene.
It is claimed that for a time US did not inform there were nukes on the incident and they pretended to carry out the salvage in secret, Spain only
found out by a mistake of the ambassador, probably the reason he was send to the irradiated waters.
It is also claimed the plane carried a fifth bomb that never was recovered.
Two of the bombs can be seen in the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
My sources, The BBC article is the most complete and enjoyable to read.
NYT article about the sickness of the clean up personnel
26-11-2016 by Indigent because: preview window is a lie