The Generals ordered my late father-in-law to stand their while an a-bomb was exploded in front of him. What could possibly go wrong?
(London Daily Mail) - In the 1950s it wasn't uncommon for Los Angeles to have two sunrises.
The United States government conducted 928 atomic bomb tests in the Nevada Test Site, approximately 240 miles away from the City of Angels, from 1951 until 1992.
Those tests went off just 65 miles from the city of Las Vegas where thousands of people flocked to visit the iconic strip.
One hundred of the tests were atmospheric, according to Amusing Planet, with enormous mushroom clouds.
The light given off by atmospheric atomic tests turned night into day for Los Angeles and Las Vegas and reporters and curious locals snapped photographs of the phenomenon.
Newspapers covered the events, which were considered spectacular despite their regularity.
'At first, the images seem rather mundane for looking so much like a sunrise — the difference of course is that this fission-born light comes straight from man’s handiwork, and heralds the beginning of an arms race that in the 1960s tilted perilously close to Armageddon,' Wired reported.
Pictures taken by photojournalists at the time show how the cities reacted to the atomic bomb.
Some show visible detonations followed by blinding light, while others show locals stopped in their tracks at a pool as they turn to witness a mushroom cloud.
Americans were fascinated by nuclear weapons at this time and would watch broadcasts by local Los Angeles television networks of bombs detonating at early hours of the morning.
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|Nearly 1,000 atomic bomb tests (pictured) were detonated in the |
Nevada Test Site in the Nevada Desert from 1951 until 1992.
|The tests went off just 65 miles from the city of Las Vegas.|
|The city of Los Angeles approximately 240 miles away experienced |
'two sunrises' when the atmospheric tests were detonated.
|The Fremont Hotel with a mushroom cloud exploding |
behind it in June of 1957.
|Atomic bomb mushroom cloud seen from the Old Frontier Village (pictured) in Las Vegas stopped swimmers in their tracks as the nation became enamored with the tests.|
"Justice is coming to all of us, no matter what the fuck we do. You know, mankind's been trying to kill each other off since the beginning of time. Now, we finally have the power to finish the job. Ain't nothing gonna matter once those nukes start flying; we'll all be dust."