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    Gerboise Blanche

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    Date: 06:17 UTC 01/04/1960 | Type: Surface | Yield: 10kt

    The second French test, Gerboise Blanche was a surface shot fired in a seven meter deep pit, which accounted for the strange, Christmas tree-like shape of the fireball. The 1288 kg device was cubic in form, with a plywood outer casing and housed in a crude hut. The device was built to achieve a nuclear reaction and was not heavily instrumented. Security was much lighter than the previous shot Gerboiuse Bleue shot. Personal cameras were allowed to record the detonation with proper authorization. General Ailleret once again personally initiated the firing of the device. The explosion produced a 13 meters deep crater, which was later filled in.

    Published on: 2005-12-20 (7282 reads)

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