Ever wonder what really happens when humans stand directly beneath a nuclear bomb detonation? Probably not, but even so, the results may shock you. This specific test was carried out by the U.S. Air Force, 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, in 1957 and “was meant to demonstrate the ‘relative’ safety of low-grade nuclear exchanges to an increasingly anxious Cold War public.” Continue reading for the video and more information.
Specifically, the test was of a two-kiloton nuclear missile, fired from an F-89 Scorpion, exploding some 18,500 feet above after being intercepted by a second jet. (The video states that it happened 10,000 feet above, but the government’s official numbers state the explosion was at the higher altitude).