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The World’s First Nuclear Explosion

Let’s talk about the world’s first detonation of a nuclear weapon: Trinity. This test was conducted by the US Army at 5:30 a.m. on July 16, 1945 in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Once detonated, the tower where the atomic bomb sat was completely obliterated into dust. It was a success.

 

The bomb’s success meant a lot for the progress of the Manhattan Project. It meant that the US Military could plan on being able to use a plutonium implosion device in the future. Only three weeks later, nuclear bombs were dropped on Japanese cities, killing or wounding at least 100,000 civilians.

Trinity became the model for nuclear tests. Over 2,000 tests have been conducted and over 1,000 of those has been done in the United States. These tests have since been outlawed due to the amount of radioactivity they cause.