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Nuclear Mishap in Goldsboro North Carolina 1961 - bomb found

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posted on May, 5 2009 @ 09:15 AM
Here is an interesting story that I have never heard about before until I found an article today relating to possible finding of a missing hydrogen bomb in Goldsboro North Carolina:

On Tuesday, 24 January 1961, at about 12:30 a.m., two hydrogen bombs fell to earth near the tiny farming village of Faro, NC.

The article relates how the bombs obviously did not detonate after falling from a B-52 bomber that had disintegrated in mid-air while some of the crew parachuted to safety. 3 died.

Safety mechanisms designed to prevent unintended or unauthorized detonation served their function, and a historic nuclear catastrophe was averted. But published sources disagree on how close the people of Wayne County came to suffering fiery annihilation. There is also disagreement in print on the potential yield of the weapons. An on-going environmental concern centers on the portion or portions of one bomb still buried, sunk in a boggy farm field. Quicksand-like conditions made deep excavation impossible where the free-falling bomb came down, and that bomb was never recovered in full. The state of North Carolina still conducts periodic radiation testing on local ground water.

Goldsboro NC

Here is the Pentagon's narrative of the "incident":

During a B-52 airborne alert mission structural failure of the right wing resulted in two weapons separating from the aircraft during aircraft breakup at 2,000 - 10,000 feet altitude. One bomb parachute deployed and the weapon received little impact damage. The other bomb fell free and broke apart upon impact. No explosion occurred. Five of the eight crew members survived. A portion of one weapon, containing uranium, could not be recovered despite excavation in the waterlogged farmland to a depth of 50 feet. The Air Force subsequently purchased an easement requiring permission for anyone to dig there. There is no detectable radiation and no hazard in the area.


More disturbing is the disagreement on the state of the weapons seeing as the aircraft was not on a training mission (Cuban Missile Crisis):

Military reports at the time of the accident described the two thermonuclear devices as "unarmed." However, that word is inherently inexact, no matter how it is used. The final "arming" of any military nuclear device requires the completion of numerous steps, executed in the proper sequence and timed correctly. It is thus arguable that any nuclear device could be called technically "unarmed" right up to the moment of its detonation. Even the account of the accident provided by Hansen sends mixed signals, referring to "unarmed" weapons and "partially armed" weapons, and indicating that at least some of the steps necessary for arming were in fact completed in each of the two bombs. Thus, while the devices may technically have been "unarmed" in that they never detonated, they nonetheless could more accurately have been described throughout the event as "partially armed." "Unarmed" is a frequently used adjective in military press releases describing broken-arrow incidents. A table beginning on page 65 of SIPRI's 1977 Yearbook presents summary information on 32 such incidents. The arming state of the weapon(s) involved is mentioned in nine of these accounts -- and always the weapons are characterized as "unarmed" or otherwise incapable of nuclear detonation. No weapon is ever described as "armed."

Missing Bomb Found

The United States military have been missing the bomb for 48 years. They believe it part of it may lie beneath a field in Goldsboro.

Link to video

posted on May, 5 2009 @ 09:55 AM
Seems as I have been to Goldsboro I find this very interesting.I use to live in Newbern,not to far from there.I would not want to live anywhere near there after hearing this..Hope the good people dont suffer because of this.Good find and very interesting Thanks

posted on May, 5 2009 @ 10:01 AM
reply to post by debz325

I very much doubt the bomb would explode but it appears this bomb buried itself rather deep in the ground. As time goes by, the potential for an environmental disaster get larger and larger. I am sure any protective casing is pretty degraded by now, excluding any damage it would have encountered during its free-fall and impact during the actual accident.

What comes to mind is groundwater contamination ... is this farming area? If so, lots of boreholes, rivers, dams? Scary.

posted on May, 5 2009 @ 11:38 AM
Here is a link to an ATS site detailing other missing nuclear weapons. A rather disturbing list, to say the least:

ATS Link

posted on May, 5 2009 @ 11:43 AM
No wonder they cant find WMDs in other countries, they even lose there own!

Very scary stuff, one day a slip up just may create some serious trouble...

Dr. Strangelove anyone? Yeehaw?

posted on May, 5 2009 @ 03:47 PM
wow, haha, i love how its just sitting out there buried in a field. There has to be some thermal, ground penetrating radar technology that could help them get it up out of the ground, but i guess that would be admitting to guilt. Also, I live about 20 minutes away from goldsboro, awesome. haha.

[edit on 5-5-2009 by drsmooth23]

posted on May, 7 2009 @ 04:32 AM
reply to post by drsmooth23

Did you ever hear about this incident? I would think that it must be local folklore ... a place that all the local kids would go out of curiosity as a sort of "rite of passage".

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