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Researchers Released Nuclear Bomb Footage To Deter World Leaders From Using Them

The footage shows nuclear tests that occurred between 1942 and 1965 and is intended to remind leaders considering nuclear use of the destruction they cause.

While (thankfully) only a few nuclear bombs have been deployed in war, there have been hundreds of nuclear tests.

In the mid-1900s, the United States conducted hundreds of these tests, mostly in the desert or over oceans. In the U.S., we haven’t done one of these exercises since 1991. All nuclear detonations were filmed, but until recently, that footage was classified and held at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Now, given worldwide instability, these videos have been declassified. The aim? To remind world leaders of the immense destruction nuclear bombs cause and discourage them from blowing us all up.

Take a look at some of the footage for yourself. It’s seriously scary stuff.


Hopefully this declassification will make a difference in the world and keep us from a nuclear apocalypse. If not, well, I guess you won’t be reading this!