(TruthSeekerDaily)  The east coast could look entirely different today if one incident that happened 1961 had a different outcome.  A once classified report containing specific details of an otherwise widely known event, has been released today, shedding light on a scenario where two hydrogen bombs were dropped on American soil.

It has long been known that when a B-52 bomber broke up in the sky over North Carolina in 1961, two four-megaton hydrogen bombs fell out of the aircraft towards Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Now, details of this have been declassified which indicate that the plane crash had pushed one of the bombs into “armed” mode, and that one of the bombs’ parachutes failed to deploy.

If these two seemingly minor details had not occurred on these nuclear weapons, the bombs would have undoubtedly detonated, causing explosions 260 times more powerful than the one that occurred in Hiroshima.

Call it a coincidence or maybe even a stroke of luck that the switch that triggered the bomb’s detonation had also been damaged while the plane broke apart.

The once confidential report published by The National Security Archives, states:

“For Weapon 2, the Arm/Safe switch was in the ‘safe’ position, yet it was virtually armed because the impact shock had rotated the indicator drum to the ‘armed’ position, but the shock also damaged the switch contacts, which had to be intact for the weapon to detonate,” Burr noted.

Before these documents surfaced, the U.S. government had denied that its nuclear weapons had ever put the nation at risk.  However, author Eric Schlosser detailed the incident entirely different in his book “Command and Control of Nuclear Weapons.”  Schlosser says,  “We were told there was no possibility of these weapons accidentally detonating, yet here’s one that very nearly did.”

The plane’s pilot survived and miraculously no one on the ground was killed in this accident.  It’s cannot be overstated just how close the U.S. came to being the site of a major nuclear detonation.

Several years after the accident occurred, the Secretary of Defense at that time,  Robert McNamara, was quoted saying it was only “by the slightest margin of chance, literally the failure of two wires to cross, [that] a nuclear explosion was averted.”

“It would have destroyed every structure within a four-mile radius,” said Air Force weapons disposal specialist Jack ReVelle. “There would have been a 100-percent kill zone for eight and a half miles in every direction.”

h/t: [ Fox News ]

It’s incredible to consider how close our country came to catastrophe.  It leaves one to wonder what is left to be accomplished in and by America that we were spared from such massive tragedy.