SAD: The United States Of America Almost Nuked Itself.

Sup Travellers?! The incidents at the city of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 showed us all the dangers of Nuclear weapons. It also showed the world that America isn't afraid to not play by the rules when it comes to protecting their people. But, according to an American writer, Eric Schlosser, America was very very very close to accidentally bombing itself in the process of protecting their people. Yeah, that's actually a thing. Read on.

In 1961, Eric Schlosser, writes in an upcoming book called Command and Control a B-52 bomber went haywire over the state of North Carolina, and a pair of hydrogen bombs fell out. They were each 250 times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. That means the bomb had the explosive power to destroy the whole of North Carolina and some parts of the East Coast. One of the bombs wasn't armed when it dropped, thanks to a failsafe, but the other one nearly exploded when its safety gear failed.

"The arming wires were yanked out, and the bomb responded as though it had been deliberately released by the crew above a target," Schlosser writes in Command and Control, an investigation of US nuclear mishaps. "The bomb hit the ground, and the piezoelectric crystals inside the nose crushed. They sent a firing signal." The bomb obviously didn't ultimately explode because North Carolina is still on the map. The Air Force said there was never a chance it would have, but that's not true, Schlosser says. Yesterday, Schlosser told Mother Jones in an interview, we've forgotten about the danger of these weapons: They "are machines, and I think they are the most dangerous machines ever invented," he says. "And like every machine, sometimes they go wrong." Eric's book came out today and can be found mostly where books are sold in the US.

I'm not sure if Eric Schlosser's mission is to tell the truth or to get more sales of his book. Wouldn't it have been so tragic if the US had nuked itself? However it wouldn't have been any less tragic than the nuclear explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. America is a very powerful nation but that shouldn't overshadow the loss of innocent lives. The use of nuclear weapons on a populated area is tragic no matter the context. Let's just thank God that the bombs didn't detonate in the US. I think the world might have been a completely different place if that had happened. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.