5 times we almost nuked ourselves by accident

We spent the Cold War in perpetual fear that the U.S. and U.S.S.R. would start an intentional nuclear conflict. The truth is, we came far closer to blowing ourselves up with nuclear weapons than we ever came to WWIII.

Nuclear incidents have a bunch of ominous military code names, like Broken Arrow, Faded Giant or NUCFLASH. There are actually dozens of instances like these, but here are five major ones that happened in the U.S. If we were to consider Soviet activity, the list could go on for hours. The Russians either lost a nuclear sub, lost a sub with nuclear weapons on board, had a nuclear sub's reactor melt down, or all three roughly every other week. Kompetentnyh? Nyet.

5 times we almost nuked ourselves by accident
An honorable mention goes to the Duluth bear, in which a guard saw a bear climbing a fence at an Air Force base and rang an alarm. The alarm connected to other nearby bases, but one of them was wired wrong, so instead of "intruder alert!" they got the "Nuke Russia Now!" alarm. Nuclear armed jets were on the runways ready to take off before the mistake was rectified.


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He's missed some but as they were away matches Americans are presumably less fussed (but how about Three Mile Island?) . On 11th March 1956 a B47 splashed in the Western Mediterranean. A major British naval exercise was suspended to look for it but nothing was found. The bomber and its crew of three, and we may well suppose its cargo, are probably still down there. In 1966 a B52 crashed in Spain (see 1966 Palomares B-52 crash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) and in 1968 the same sort of thing happened off Greenland (see 1968 Thule Air Base B-52 crash - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ) . These are Wiki entries but Google away, there are other accounts. More stuff on Wiki here: List of military nuclear accidents - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sleep tight.


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Good job nothing like that ever happened to us. Apart from - let's see, the Windscale Fire, for starters. And no-one to this day really knows what went on in Russia during that time.

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