Nuclear Weapons Accidents

 Learn about accidents, mistakes, mishaps, foul ups, near misses, silo explosions, lost warheads and more scary human error nuclear weapons FUBAR the government hopes you never become aware of.

  1. Stanislav Petrov – The Man Who Saved The World - In September of 1983 the world was saved from nuclear war by a Soviet officer who successfully detected a false alarm in the Soviet early warning system.
  2. The Black Brant Scare Near Miss - A scientific research rocket launched from Norway almost led to the end of the world.
  3. NORAD Detects An Incoming Soviet First Strike - In November of 1979 someone mistakenly inserted a training tape in to the NORAD early warning system, an error which convinced operators a nuclear first strike by the Soviet Union was underway.
  4. The First Lost Nuke - In February 1950 a Convair B-36B bomber jettisoned the nuclear weapon it was carrying when the plane's engines caught on fire.
  5. Buzz One Four B-52 Crash - In 1964 a B-52 carrying two nuclear weapons broke apart in a storm and crashed about 100 miles from Washington D.C.
  6. The Lost Nuclear Weapon Near Savannah Georgia - A lost nuclear bomb has been in the ocean off Savannah Georgia since 1958.
  7. The Day We Dropped Nukes On North Carolina - In 1961 a B-52 broke up in flight over North Carolina accidentally releasing nuclear bombs that almost detonated.
  8. The Damascus Arkansas Titan Missile Explosion - In September 1980 a simple mistake by a crewman working in a missile silo at Damascus Arkansas caused a liquid fuel explosion which ejected the ICBM and it's attached 9 megaton nuclear bomb from the silo.