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Video: Six men stand under atomic test... and walk away unharmed

One man said it was a “wonderful thrill” to stand at Ground Zero and watch a nuclear explosion (people enjoyed different things in 1957).

FIFTY-FIVE YEARS ago, five volunteers and a cameraman stood at Ground Zero of an atomic test being carried out in Nevada, USA, and watched a nuclear missile detonate 10,000ft above them.

Amazingly, they not only walked away unharmed, but one even declared the entire experience a “wonderful thrill”.

A tape recorder captured the reaction of the five volunteers: Colonel Sidney Bruce, Lt. Colonel Frank P Ball, Major Norman “Bodie” Bodinger, Major John Hughes, Don Lutrel.

Col Bruce is heard to say that his only regret was that “everyone couldn’t have been out here at Ground Zero with us”.

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