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How Close Has America Come to Bombing Itself to Kingdom Come?

Seems the biggest threat of nuclear Armageddon wasn’t the Soviet Union after all. It might have instead been America’s own stuff ups, which according to this writer in the video above were quite a few of, and we were just lucky they didn’t go “ballistic.”

The Pentagon calls an accidental event that involves nuclear weapons, warheads, or components a “Broken Arrow.”

Officially, there have been 33 broken arrow accidents.

Boeing B-47 in flight. In 1956, one of these aircraft, carrying two capsules of nuclear weapons material in carrying cases, disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea. A nuclear detonation was not possible. (Image: U.S. Air Force photo)

Boeing B-47 in flight. In 1956, one of these aircraft, carrying two capsules of nuclear weapons material in carrying cases, disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea. A nuclear detonation was not possible. (Image: U.S. Air Force photo)

But in the Vox video, investigative reporter Eric Schlosser says that he got a document through the Freedom of Information Act that listed more than a thousand accidents and incidents involving nuclear weapons just between 1950 and 1968.

By Schlosser’s count, the U.S. has built 70,000 nuclear weapons. And none of them have detonated by accident.

5 times the U.S. almost nuked itself:

But comparatively, the U.S. is a pretty safety conscious place, so it makes the mind boggle a bit when there are nuclear weapons in Russia, China, India, or Pakistan where an accident could bring on a worst case scenario.

For some jaw dropping footage of nuclear explosions, see below:

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