Never-Before-Seen: Declassified 1940s Nuclear Bomb Test Footage

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We've given you bits and pieces about nuclear bombs in the past—like where the best spots to flee would be if one, God-forbid, ever occurred. But what just hit the Internet is something that is so awesome that we're actually excited to see a nuclear bomb go off.

The footage comes from nuclear bomb testing between the years 1945 and 1962, when the United States government conducted 210 tests, resulting in some impressive mushroom clouds that are often reserved for movies than in real-life.



According to Gizmodo—who uncovered the videos first—the tests ended by 1963 because of a ban, with the footage determined too classified to release.

Thanks to Greg Spriggs, a weapons physicist from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the videos have been preserved, uploading the now-declassified footage for all of us to see. Here's what Spriggs had to say about the nuclear bomb videos.


Spriggs emphasizes the importance of the films being released now, stressing his concern about the tapes decomposing—as all things made from organic materials do.

“The data that we’re collecting now must be preserved in a digital form because no matter how well you treat the films, no matter how well you preserve or store them, they will decompose. They’re made out of organic material, and organic material decomposes. So this is it. We got to this project just in time to save the data.”

The videos are pretty cool—and really scary to think about the damage a nuclear bomb could potentially cause.


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