Anyone living in or around North Carolina in 1961 should be thanking their lucky stars. A once-classified document acquired by The Guardian shows that the U.S. Air Force accidentally dropped two atomic bombs over North Carolina, which, if detonated, would have created a blast 260 times more powerful than Hiroshima. The bombs fell from a bomber jet when it broke up mid-air, and fell toward Goldsboro, each carrying the equivalent of 4 million tons of TNT explosive. Though the trigger engaged, one switch prevented it from detonating.
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