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Jimmy W
09-05-2018, 01:46 PM
The site of Project Dribble’s first detonation was 28 miles southwest of Hattiesburg in the Tatum Salt Dome, a massive Mesozoic salt deposit 1,000 feet below the ground.

The plan called for two detonations. The first, code-named Project Salmon, would be an explosion 2,700 feet down in solid salt. The second detonation, Project Sterling, would use a smaller bomb in the cavity left behind by the first blast.

Four-hundred residents were evacuated from the area around and downwind of the blast site. For their trouble, adults were paid $10 and children $5.

At 10 a.m., the Project Salmon device detonated with approximately one-third of the power of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

The earth rose and roiled in waves, pecans fell from trees, dogs howled in fear, creeks ran black with disturbed sediment, and buildings thirty miles away swayed for minutes on end.

Within a week, hundreds of residents had filed damage claims with the government, citing burst pipes, cracked masonry and suddenly dry wells.

The test was a success, however. The blast vaporized a spherical void in the salt 110 feet in diameter. When sensors were lowered into the cavity more than three months later, temperatures still measured over 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

The blasts, which gave the government plenty of data on how underground nuclear tests could be hidden and detected, were declared a success — the only nuclear detonations to ever occur in the eastern United States.

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https://mashable.com/2016/11/06/mississippi-nuclear-test/#7Pk8J70bRiqn

Jimmy W
09-05-2018, 01:49 PM
Five years after that, I was going to college and living in Hattiesburg. I can't remember ever knowing about this.

John of Phoenix
09-05-2018, 01:53 PM
The blasts, which gave the government plenty of data on how underground nuclear tests could be hidden and detected, were declared a success — the only nuclear detonations to ever occur in the eastern United States.

The only tests we know of.

(Gotta LOVE that guy's overalls.)

ahp
09-05-2018, 02:21 PM
I would like to more about this. What is the source? I have worked on underground tests and have witnessed them. This does not sound right.

oznabrag
09-05-2018, 02:32 PM
The blasts, which gave the government plenty of data on how underground nuclear tests could be hidden and detected, were declared a success — the only nuclear detonations to ever occur in the eastern United States.

The only tests we know of.

(Gotta LOVE that guy's overalls.)

I had a pair of those in my early 20s.

They were simply glorious.

I wore them with no shirt, no shorts :D

The chicks dug it.

AWESOME memories.

John of Phoenix
09-05-2018, 02:39 PM
I would like to more about this. What is the source? I have worked on underground tests and have witnessed them. This does not sound right.
There's a link at the end of the post. I'm interested to hear your input.

https://mashable.com/2016/11/06/mississippi-nuclear-test/#7Pk8J70bRiqn

Garret
09-05-2018, 02:49 PM
I had a pair of those in my early 20s.

They were simply glorious.

I wore them with no shirt, no shorts :D

The chicks dug it.

AWESOME memories.

You had a pair of nuclear explosions in your 20's?

Oh... I see now.

Jimmy W
09-05-2018, 02:50 PM
A bit more info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salmon_Site

Cross section of Salmon site

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1c/Cross_section_of_Salmon_Site.svg/503px-Cross_section_of_Salmon_Site.svg.png

oznabrag
09-05-2018, 03:35 PM
You had a pair of nuclear explosions in your 20's?

Oh... I see now.

Well, if you go off into metaphor and allegory, I was a regular Nuclear Holocaust!

Good times, good times!