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Offshore Nuke

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The federal government has sent a team of 20 scientists to try to pinpoint a nuclear bomb lost 46 years ago off the Georgia coast.

Scientists from the Defense Department and the National Labs are meeting with retired Air Force Colonel Derek Duke today. He has searched for the missing nuke the past five years.

Duke believes unusual radiation readings he's found in Wassaw Sound near Tybee Island indicate the location of the M-K-15 bomb. A B-47 bomber dumped the bomb into the Atlantic Ocean in 1958 after it collided with a fighter jet in midair during a training flight.

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Frank Smolinsky says the government scientists are meeting with Duke to go over the data.

Tomorrow the team will go to Wassaw Sound with Duke, who says he believes he knows where the bomb is located. They will take radiation readings and samples back to the National Labs.

Air Force officials contend the bomb dumped off the coast is not capable of a nuclear explosion because it did not contain a plutonium capsule needed to trigger the blast. They argue the bomb will pose a greater threat if disturbed.

But the Air Force agreed to take a second look after Duke said he believes he's found the bomb's location.


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