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8 Days, 2 H-Bombs, And 1 Team That Stopped A Catastrophe

In 1961, it was Jack ReVelle's job to make sure two hydrogen bombs that had accidentally dropped over North Carolina didn't explode. At StoryCorps, he tells his daughter about recovering the bombs.
Four of the men from Jack ReVelle's team observe the retrieval of the second hydrogen bomb's parachute pack. Source: Photo courtesy of the United States Air Force.

Nearly 60 years ago, a U.S. B-52 bomber carrying two hydrogen bombs broke apart over rural North Carolina.

The bombs fell into a tobacco field. They didn't go off, but if they had, each 3.8-megaton weapon would've been 250 times more destructive than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Lt. Jack ReVelle, then a 25-year-old Air Force munitions

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