US dismantles last of powerful nuclear bombs

By REUTERS
October 25, 2011 23:11




SAN ANTONIO - The United States dismantled the oldest nuclear bomb in its Cold War arsenal - and one of the most powerful it ever built - on Tuesday as part of President Barack Obama's nuclear security policy.

The magaton-class nuclear bomb the size of a minivan and weighing about 10,000 pounds was dismantled at a nuclear weapons storage facility outside Amarillo, Texas.

"This was one of the largest bombs in the American arsenal," said Joshua McConaha, Public Affairs Director for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.

He said the exact strength of the bomb - known as the B53 - remains classified, but it is believed to have been many hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.


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