MSNBC is reporting that in Texas, the government is dissassembling some of the last of the scariest nuclear weapons we ever constructed.
From the article:
First put into service in 1962, when Cold War tensions peaked during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the B53 weighed 10,000 pounds and was the size of a minivan. According to the American Federation of Scientists, it was 600 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II.
The B53 was designed to destroy facilities deep underground, and it was carried by B-52 bombers.
It is small comfort to know these weapons will never be implemented, but there are still thousands around the world that have yet to meet such a comforting fate.