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    100 Ton Test

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    Clip sourced from Trinity and Beyond™ - The Atomic Bomb Movie
    Courtesy of VCEfilms.com

    Date: 07/05/1945 | Type: Tower | Yield: 0.1 Kt

    In preparation for the Trinity shot, the "100 Ton Test" was fired on the 7th of May 1945. This involved detonating 108 tons of TNT stacked on a wooden platform near the Trinity ground zero. This was the largest instrumented explosion conducted up to this date. The test allowed the instrumentation to be calibrated and to give some indication of what they they should expect from the main detonation. The stack of explosives was also laced with radioactive material to give and idea how fissile products from the main blast might be distributed.

    Published on: 2005-08-07 (30621 reads)

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