Watch Newly Restored Footage of Terrifying 1953 Nuclear Tests

first_img Bird Strike Causes Plane To Drop Dummy Bombs on FloridaWWII Bomb Explodes in German Barley Field, Creates Giant Crater Newly restored video clips of bomb tests conducted in Nevada in 1953 are providing a glimpse of the terrifying force of a nuclear bomb blast up-close and in high definition.YouTube account atomcentral shared footage from the Federal Civil Defense Administration’s Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series, which showed the blast of a 15-kiloton Grable bomb melting and stripping the paint off automobiles, which were also later blown away by the bomb’s shockwave.The tests 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, according to the Daily Mail.The clips show the moment the heat blast from the bombs melted the paint on two classic sedans and a bus, and another clip shows a tent bursting into flames before being obliterated.A bus is seen being blown away by the nuclear blast. (Photo Credit: atomcentral/YouTube)According to the New York Times, the Upshot-Knothole nuclear test series included several ”dirty” blasts that deposited radioactive debris on the downwind towns. Between May and July of 1953, thousands of sheep — approximately 25 percent of the herds in southern Utah and Nevada — died. The Atomic Energy Commission (A.E.C.), however, issued a press release attributing the deaths to ”unprecedented cold weather.”Between 1951 and 1992 U.S. conducted 928 atmospheric and underground nuclear tests in Nevada, 100 of which were atmospheric, and thus more likely to spread radiation to nearby areas.More on Man Fishes Out WWII Grenade, Drives It to a Taco BellWatch: Sinkhole the Size of Football Field Shuts Down ZooWatch: Avalanche Swallows Cars on Colorado Highway Stay on targetlast_img