Incredible newly-restored footage of 1953 nuclear tests in Nevada shows the effects on vehicles

Incredible footage shows the astonishing impact of a nuclear bomb blast up close and in high definition. Newly-restored video clips from nuclear tests conducted in Nevada more than 60 years ago shows how the terrifying power of a 15-kiloton Grable bomb blast can strip the paint off cars.





YouTuber atomcentral shared footage from the Federal Civil Defense Administration’s Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series. The experimental atomic explosions were carried out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Nevada test site in southeastern Nye County from March 17 to June 4 in 1953. The footage shows the aftermath of four separate 32-kiloton blasts from an atomic bomb later nicknamed ‘Dirty Harry.’ Three clips show the moment the heat blast from the bombs melted the paint on three separate automobiles, including two classic sedans and a bus. Moments later the vehicles are blown away by the bomb’s shockwave. A fourth clip shows an empty tent bursting into flames before being obliterated.



Deseret News called the nuclear trials ‘tragic and insane,’ in a 1953 editorial, but said the tests were necessary in the atomic Cold War era, the New York Times reported. ‘So long as we live in an atomic world, we must and will continue to learn more about this power and how to survive it,’ the paper’s editors once rationalized.



There were 928 nuclear tests that took place at the Nevada test site from 1951 to 1992. Most of those test explosions were detonated underground. MTo date, the U.S. is the only nation in the world to use nuclear weapons against a foreign enemy. The atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II killed 135,000 people.



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