Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A 7,600-pound hydrogen bomb lost off the Georgia coast

On Feb. 5, 1958, a B-47 bomber dropped a 7,000-pound nuclear bomb into the waters off Tybee Island, Ga., after it collided with another Air Force jet.
In this day and age of IUD's, uhm, ICU's, Oh, IED's.        Why isn't this still news?
Fifty years later, the bomb — which has unknown quantities of radioactive material — has never been found. And while the Air Force says the bomb, if left undisturbed, poses no threat to the area, determined bomb hunters and area residents aren't so sure.
         A Mark 15 thermonuclear bomb, like the one shown above, lies in the Wassaw Sound, just a few miles from          downtown Savannah, Ga.
              NPR has an article                                              and here is Wikipedia's take on it  

While I agree that there are certain elements of the deep south that we could do without, it would be a bit of an over-kill if this thing started leaking whether or not it has the ability to explode. Both being debated questions. 
Somehow I think that the money to find this thing could be diverted from any number of :
                                       wasteful government expenditures.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I think it might be on one of our scrap piles somewhere. Looks familiar