US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – Secret Document
In another file on this website, at Nuclear WMD, including a personal near miss (PDF file, 196 K), as an ex-nuclear weapons technician, I describe a personal experience with the same type of weapon as this article describes. This weapon almost went off in Puerto Rico, triggering the very same switches as described in this incident. Again, only one switch saved the day, one I had set the day before, the same one that saved the day in this incident. This was the cause of the resulting SAC Two Man Policy, later expanded to all nuclear weapon facilities. My later FOIA attempt yielded no incident description. ~ Don Chapin, Capt., ret’d, USAF
Exclusive: Journalist uses Freedom of Information Act to disclose 1961 accident in which one switch averted catastrophe. Ed Pilkington in New York @edpilkington
Fri 20 Sep 2013 12.03 EDT First published on Fri 20 Sep 2013 12.03 EDT
This article was originally published at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/20/usaf-atomic-bomb-north-carolina-1961
There are many links leading to further information, sources and supporting documentation in this article. Until we add the content to this post directly, please use the links in the pdf file below.