25 Impressive Bomb Facts That Are Fairly Explosive

Bombs have probably defined your life more than you know. They’ve also probably been around longer than you think. In fact, bombs have been around ever since people realized they could use gunpowder to blow things up. Modern bombs, of course, are much bigger than anything that our ancestors would have come up with.

That much was made clear when Fat Man and Little Boy were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What you probably didn’t realize is that the bombs of today are almost incomprehensibly more powerful. In fact, they are thousands of times more powerful. They are so powerful that if all of the nuclear weapons in the world were launched right now, the entire Earth would be engulfed in flames.

Not a single inch of the ocean, glacier, or desert would be left that wasn’t scorched, radiated, burned, and altogether blown to smithereens. Furthermore, this means that there would quite literally be nowhere to hide. Why is this important?

Because the only thing keeping everybody from launching all of their missiles is the fact that the enemy would launch all of their missiles right back. At any rate, you can see why this might have a significant effect on politics! These are 25 Impressive Bomb Facts That Are Fairly Explosive!

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In 1968, a US bomber crashed in Greenland, and the 4 nuclear bombs it was carrying were recovered by the US government. At least that is what everyone thought. In 2008, it was revealed that one of the bombs was still stuck in the ice.

In 1968 a US bomber crashed in Greenland and the 4 nuclear bombs it was carrying were recovered by the US government. At least that is what everyone thought. In 2008 it was revealed that one of the bombs was still stuck in the iceSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia

This isn’t the only bomb accidentally lodged in the ground somewhere. Wait until you see number 11!

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Explosion of Heligoland

In 1947, the British military used nearly 7,000 tons of left over explosive from World War II to blow up Heligoland, a small German island in the North Sea. The explosion is still one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions on recordSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

In 1947, the British military used nearly 7,000 tons of leftover explosives from World War II to blow up Heligoland, a small German island in the North Sea. The explosion is still one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions on record.


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The Vela Incident

In the past 60 years there have been over 2,000 nuclear test explosions. Only one of them came from an unknown nationality.Image: pixabay, Image: wikipedia

In the past 60 years, there have been over 2,000 nuclear test explosions. Only one of them came from an unknown nationality. This unknown explosion has been called the Vela Incident, and it occurred in 1979 when a 3 kiloton nuclear bomb exploded in the Indian Ocean.

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US and Russia High Alert Nukes

alertSource: wikipedia, Image: Alan Levine via flickr

The US and Russia have a combined 2581 nuclear warheads on high alert. This means they are capable of launching in less than 30 minutes (the approximate flight time of a missile between the US and Russia).


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2 Nuclear Bombs in North Carolina

In 1961, a nuclear bomber crashed over North Carolina. The first of its two nukes deployed its parachute and 5 out of 6 safety devices activated, just barely avoiding a detonationSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

In 1961, a nuclear bomber crashed over North Carolina. The first of its two nukes deployed its parachute and 5 out of 6 safety devices activated, just barely avoiding a detonation. The second bomb, however, failed to deploy its parachute. It slammed into the ground and dug deep into the Earth. Fortunately, it didn’t explode either. It is still there today.

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