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At 10:18 p.m., witnesses reported hearing a noise described as "a metallic sound and rending timbers, such as made by a falling boom." Immediately afterward, an explosion occurred on the pier and a fire started. Five to seven seconds later, a more powerful explosion took place as the majority of the ordnance within and near the SS E. A. Bryan detonated in a huge fireball some 3 mi (4.8 km) in diameter. Chunks of glowing hot metal and burning ordnance were flung over 12,000 ft (3,700 m) into the air. The E. A. Bryan was completely destroyed and the Quinault was blown out of the water, torn into sections and thrown in several directions; the stern landed upside down in the water 500 ft (150 m) away.
Peter Vogel's website and book is devoted to a nuclear theory of the explosion. As a book is involved there are numerous claims and it is difficult to list all of the key claims in the question... But the following excerpt, purportedly suggesting a cover-up, appears on the page for Chapter 2 of his book:
Of even more significance, Paul made an unauthorized copy of the document "History of 10,000 ton gadget" [referring to the atomic bomb] and removed that copy from Los Alamos in his shirt pocket.... ... the bottom line said the ball of fire of the 10,000 ton gadget would mushroom out at 18,000 feet in typical Port Chicago fashion. "
This note is the only certain evidence so far discovered that J. Robert Oppenheimer was personally involved in review and analysis of scientific reports descriptive of the Port Chicago explosion. Twenty-two years of investigation into the Port Chicago explosion have produced tantalizing evidences of several as yet undiscovered Government reports and analyses that pertain to the explosion.
(This seems a lot rougher than,
but not inconsistent with,
what our people reported & concluded -
There’s been an ever increasing number of reports about mysterious radioactive spikes observed across Europe. However, no official announcement has been made by any of the EU states, as officials are trying to downplay these reports as if they were mere allegations. journal-neo.org...
During the Cold War days the United States lost more than a dozen nuclear warheads, and only a number of those remain in relatively deserted areas. The US Department of Defense has declassified a list of serious accidents with nuclear weapons back in 1968, in which there were 13 cases involving nuclear weapons in the period from 1950 to 1968. The updated list was declassified in 1980, where there were 32 cases listed. At the same time, the same paper released by the US Navy in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, listed 381 accidents involving nuclear weapons in the United States in a period between 1965 and 1977. A number of nuclear devices were lost during sea tests and now they must have begun to corrode, resulting in the leakage of radioactive material into the environment. It is worth noting that the power of any individual, “lost device” is a 1000 times more destructive than that which reduced the city of Hiroshima to ashes.
For instance, in January 1966 the so called Palomares incident occurred. It was named after a small Spanish village over which a US Army B-52G bomber collided with a KC-135 tanker journal-neo.org...