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Tonopah range used for unarmed nuclear bomb test

Reported by: Amber Dixon
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Updated: 8/30/2013 8:38 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- The U.S. government says it dropped an unarmed nuclear about 110 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The test happened two weeks ago with an unarmed B-61 at the Tonopah Test Range.

“It's kind of like if you have a battery in your garage and you keep it there for years, you wanna make sure it's gonna work,” said Allan Palmer, the executive director of the National Atomic Testing Museum.

Palmer says the B-61 is the biggest number of tactical weapons the nation has in its inventory. He says he thinks that if it becomes necessary that the U.S. would use B-61s again, officials have to know they will work.

Before 1992, full-blown nuclear tests went on underground at the Nevada Test Site. Palmer says some underground nuclear testing still happens there, but on a smaller scale.


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