1951 – 1955: Atom bomb tests seen from Los Angeles

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The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), previously the Nevada Test Site (NTS), is a United States Department of Energy reservation located in southeastern Nye County, Nevada, about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the city of Las Vegas. Formerly known as the Nevada Proving Grounds, the site was established on 11 January 1951 for the testing of nuclear devices, covering approximately 1,360 square miles (3,500 km2) of desert and mountainous terrain. Nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site began with a 1-kiloton-of-TNT (4.2 TJ) bomb dropped on Frenchman Flat on 27 January 1951. Many of the iconic images of the nuclear era come from the NTS.

Light from these test sights was visible from Los Angeles, follow the link to see these surreal apocalyptic nuclear sunrises.

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http://www.retronaut.com/2013/09/atom-bomb-tests-seen-from-los-angeles/

 

42 Comments

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Maxim Heiddeger

    Were there any documented medical effects on those standing outside and observing the blasts in real time?

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Peter

    Wow, incredible vintage footage

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Manfreid

    About halfway down the picture slide there is a man standing by himself on a bridge observing the explosive glow. The man actually looks as if he cheaply photoshopped into the picture, but I’ll chalk it up to some sort of irradiated glow that occurred, altering his sihouette. Wonder how he fared, medically, after that instance?

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Ross

    Just the vintage pictures of “nifty-fifties” LA alone is worth seeing the pictures

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Mr. Bratton

    So many LA buildings captured that don’t exist anymore, like the Firestone factory and the Richfield building…amazing. Where did these landmarks go?

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Joshua

    Come to think of it, most of the men pictured have that “corona” glow surrounding them. Probably not a good thing in the long or short term…

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    David

    Good ol’ LA in the Good ol’ days

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Sharon

    The augmented glow of lights dispersed across the Old LA tableau reminds me of the scene in The Prestige where David Bowie was playing Nikola Tesla and he demonstrated how he could light up his acres of property with newly discovered alternating current. Like magical lanterns dispersed everywhere. Very cool scene. Except his lanterns probably weren’t emitting massive rads.

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Graham

    How many extra rads did these unbeknownst observers absorb?

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Andrew

    So much undeveloped land in LA back then, and so many buildings/structures razed to date as well. Yet hardly a decent plot of land to be found anymore.

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Bill_Nigh_the_Science_Guy

    How many of these observers died prematurely due to the exposure?

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Jason X

    Excessive radiation exposure – the gift that keeps on giving for generations

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Petros

    My god, those truly are surreal apocalyptic nuclear sunrises

  • Reply July 4, 2014

    Trey

    Was there a building in there that said “National War Armory”? Really ironic…

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Thomas

    These vintage photos are just awesome…

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Christian

    These pictures speak 10,000 words each

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Mandrake

    Amazing pictorial history

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Zuni

    These pictures blow me away…

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Charlotte

    If they exhumed the corpses of those exposed viewers, I wonder how excessively irradiated they would be?

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Johnson

    Wonder how these pics would look if they were colorized?

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Scientifically_Speaking

    Captures an era in LA and US history so incredibly

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Maxie

    Amazing footage…

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Poston

    These are like surreal images out of a 1950’s sci-fi movie…

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Brian

    “surreal apocalyptic nuclear sunrises” says it all…

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Frank

    Is there video of these occurrences or just still photos? That would make for some surreal sci-fi movie

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Michelle

    Wow…blown away

  • Reply July 15, 2014

    Nelson

    Not sure whether to be in good awe or bad awe…

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