2 Nuclear Blasts In Mississippi

2 Nuclear Blasts In Mississippi

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just_wonderin

Hattiesburg, MS

#1 Feb 2, 2011
Nuclear Blasts in Mississippi

Stephen Cresswell

At 10:00 a.m. on October 22, 1964, the United States government detonated an underground nuclear device in Lamar County, in south Mississippi. Residents there felt three separate shocks, and watched as the soil rose and behaved like ocean waves. Hunting dogs howled in terror, and two miles from the test site the blast shook pecans off the pecan trees. This nuclear test, and the one that followed two years later at the same Mississippi site, were the only nuclear explosions on U.S. soil east of the Rocky Mountain states.

Atomic bombs were in the news in October 1964. Only one week before the Mississippi nuclear test, newspapers had reported that Communist China had detonated its first atomic bomb. For residents in Lamar County, however, no news story was watched more closely than the plans for nuclear testing in Mississippi.

Many people are not even aware this happened.
just_wonderin

Hattiesburg, MS

#2 Feb 2, 2011
http://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/cgi-bin...
has some pretty interesting information probably have to consider smoking in ,but nevertheless interesting.
Sage

Brandon, MS

#3 Feb 2, 2011
I was close enough to the first blast to see the wave go across the ground. It looked like a wave on water and kicked up dust. I was near an automobile and it was bouncing up and down. Everyone with a block or brick home suffered major damage.
just_wonderin

Poplarville, MS

#4 Feb 2, 2011
Sage wrote:
I was close enough to the first blast to see the wave go across the ground. It looked like a wave on water and kicked up dust. I was near an automobile and it was bouncing up and down. Everyone with a block or brick home suffered major damage.

Did you get any reimbursement for the damage to your homes? Where exactly was it? Seems it may have had more power than they thought.
Underthebluesky

Ridgeland, MS

#5 Jun 11, 2013
Were there ever any tests done in Lucedale?

Since: Aug 11

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#6 Jun 11, 2013
Underthebluesky wrote:
Were there ever any tests done in Lucedale?
You know, I'm not sure I have only lived here for 7 years. It does seem to me that I hear a lot about different kinds of cancers locally. It would be interesting to find out if tests were taken and if so by who and when. Does anybody know the answer to this?

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#7 Jun 11, 2013
just -woderin wrote:
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You know, I'm not sure I have only lived here for 7 years. It does seem to me that I hear a lot about different kinds of cancers locally. It would be interesting to find out if tests were taken and if so by who and when. Does anybody know the answer to this?
I have never heard of anything like that being done here. There is lots of cancer in the county, but I don't know if it is higher than average statistics.
Jackie

Saraland, AL

#8 Jun 11, 2013
Makes sense now.. Genetically mutated chromosomes downstream to Lucedale and Agricola ,

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