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Lost Nuclear Bomb Found Off Georgia Coast?

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the always-the-last-place-you-look dept.

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securitas writes "Both CNN and ABC News report that a hydrogen thermonuclear bomb lost off the Georgia coast in 1958 may have been found. The 'Mark 15, Mod 0' nuclear bomb was jettisoned into the Atlantic Ocean off Savannah after a B-47 bomber and an F-86 fighter collided in mid-air. 'The 7,600-pound, 12-foot-long thermonuclear bomb contained 400 pounds of high explosives as well as uranium' and it was found off Tybee Island by retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Derek Duke,, who said that radiation levels were from seven to 10 times higher than normal. If it is the bomb that Duke has found, the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?"

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Drag it down the coast (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293005)

To Florida, and blow it up.

Election problems, anthrax, hurricanes... That state is nothing but trouble!

dont forget the spics (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293038)

florida has a lot of them.

Noobie neads HLEP (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293193)

Helo, i have traped Usama in my basement. What shoud i do? I telled the US-officer of it, but he just says, Fuck of you fuckign sand niger!

Is there a prize for traping the Usama? Were can i get it?

Thnx, Ismail.

lol... (4, Funny)

here4fun (813136) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293007)

If it is the bomb that Duke has found, the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?"

Put it on ebay. ;)

Re:lol... (0, Troll)

edgedmurasame (633861) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293061)

No, I'd rather see it used on India to combat the offshoring problem.

Re:lol... (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293073)

It's going to end up on a shelf at Fry's with one of those stickers on the box.

Re:lol... (2, Funny)

here4fun (813136) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293160)

It's going to end up on a shelf at Fry's with one of those stickers on the box.

Just don't try and buy it with a check.

Re:lol... (2, Funny)

joelanders (743036) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293086)

I think it should be on Ask Slashdot and let us decide...

Interested (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293107)

How much is the shipping and handling?

Sincerely yours,
Osama bin Laden

Re:Interested (5, Funny)

here4fun (813136) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293144)

How much is the shipping and handling?

Sincerely yours,
Osama bin Laden

Dear Mr Laden,

We would be more than happy to send you the Thermonuclear Bomb for the low price of $1.99, with shipping and handeling of $2,000,000. Our packers pack your item with the best foam and plastic poppers, so you can be confident to recieve your item without any damage. Remember, if you dislike your purchase for any reason, you can return it for no questions asked. Please remember we have a $25% restocking fee, and shipping is non-refundable. Thank you for shopping with ebay.

Re:Interested (3, Insightful)

Arker (91948) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293146)

Don't start drooling, even if the rest of the bomb were still usable (it won't be) the fissionable material inside deteriorates quite rapidly. Nuclear warheads must be 'refurbished' every couple years or so, otherwise they deteriorate too much to explode. This one's been sitting there for how long? Forget about making it go off, without a lot of fresh material at least - and if you had that, you wouldn't need this antique.

Re:Interested (1)

magefile (776388) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293159)

So? Maybe it isn't thermonuclear, but it would still make a nice dirty bomb.

Re:Interested (2, Interesting)

Nos. (179609) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293154)

The funny thing is, he probably wouldn't want it shipped that far. How far is it from Georgia to Washington D.C. anyways? Probably wouldn't bother with insurance either.

Re:lol... (0)

Alsee (515537) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293176)

How about we dropping it on Microsoft? ... or SCO?

-

Nuke the whales! (5, Funny)

theluckyleper (758120) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293008)

Clearly someone tried to nuke the whales, and then covered it up!

Gotta nuke somethin'!

Re:Nuke the whales! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293134)

Nuke the gay whales for Jesus!

telugus suck (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293009)

telugus are the smelliest of all indians. they suck ass like no one does. fuck them, and their shitty stink!~

YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293010)

TURN THE RAG NIGGERS INTO GLASS

Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted!

Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

boom (1, Redundant)

ZeekWatson (188017) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293012)

Hope it don't go boom while they're recovering it....

Re:boom (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293126)

It's not so much the risk of a nuclear explosion as for the conventional explosives...

Answer to this question (4, Insightful)

panxerox (575545) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293013)

"the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?" Is it just me or does anybody think the answer to this question would be better arrived at by the US government than the "Other" people that would be interested in the device?

Re: the electronic since 1958 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293169)

Big capacitors of bad technology, few big transistors, bad oxided batteries (Do work they during more than 40 years!!?), no digital chips like m6508 or i8051, ...

Now, these pieces are dead.

open4free © : the expert of explosives.

Re:Answer to this question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293180)

History suggests otherwise, the US doesn't have a very good record with nukes.

first things first (1)

towaz (445789) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293015)

I would recommend Derek Duke gets a plane as far away from it as possible.

--

Re:first things first (5, Funny)

Curtman (556920) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293115)

If it is the bomb that Duke has found, the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?

Utah [sco.com] would be a good spot.

Ah ha! (4, Funny)

Judg3 (88435) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293016)

So THAT'S where I left it.

Please send it to the following address...

Err, maybe that's not such a good idea.

Who are you people? What? No, it's not mine.. It's engraved? I'm being framed. UNHAND ME YOU SCOUjsjcds,.......

Hot off the press! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293021)

Slashdot - news for nerds - stuff that happened 1 week ago!

Get Rid Of It (-1, Flamebait)

the_mad_poster (640772) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293027)

If it is the bomb that Duke has found, the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?

Obviously, we need to get it back and get rid of it. If an arab group or someone else with a chip on their shoulder got their filthy hands on it, there's no telling what could happen.

You might think that they couldn't dig it back up, but remember: if it's too unstable to remove, they could send suicide... divers... to fetch it and just wreak havoc by messing with it on the ocean floor.

Re:Get Rid Of It (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293085)

It is probably not as dangerous as some people are making it out to be. Remeber the air force had arming procedures in place with those things, the bomb is most likely not armed properly.

Although it could be argued that the explosive used, whatever they are, might be unstable after such a long period of time.

Still (3, Insightful)

nwbvt (768631) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293140)

Explosives + Uranium can still be dangerous, even if it cannot be used as a 'true' nuclear weapon. A dirty bomb could cause a number of casualities, along with the panic and economic damages that would result.

But there is still the problem that most likely this thing would be difficult to recover. Its not like jumping into the deep end of the pool and retrieving a plastic toy that sunk down there.

Re:Get Rid Of It (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293098)

Obviously, we need to get it back and get rid of it. If an arab group or someone else with a chip on their shoulder got their filthy hands on it, there's no telling what could happen.

Ummm, the mosque in my community is an arab group.

Let's keep the racial bigotry, subconcious or not, to a minimum.

OT: agreed... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293178)

As an open-minded American, I lately find myself struggling with a wave of anti-islamic sentiment.

Please, folks, let's not judge or label a group by the loonies who attach themselves to it. That's the same sort of stupid reasoning Rob Enderle has against Linux, isn't it?

The grandparent should have used "terrorist," a behavioral label, rather than implying some ethnic group = terrorist.

Re:Get Rid Of It (1)

Fjornir (516960) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293188)

You're missing the distributive property of "with". Read that expression like you would the following:

(a+b)*c = ac+bc

thus the I believe the poster's intent was: if an arab group with a chip on their shoulder or someone else with a chip on their shoulder got their filthy hands on it...

Re:Get Rid Of It (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293108)

If I had modpoints, I would mod you down so fast because of that slur!!! Why does it have to be an arab group? Why not some Eastern Europe, or hell, just some fuckin crazy American thats mad at the world?! Stop thinking that Americans are perfect and everyone else it to blame.

Re:Get Rid Of It (1, Insightful)

Neophytus (642863) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293125)

Oh yes, an arab group.

Why not a neo nazi group, a christian group or a mormon group with a submarine horse drawn cart? Singling out any of the above shows equal understanding of how many groups have a chip against the US Government.

Because those groups aren't so wacko. (1)

glrotate (300695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293147)

Before you mention McVeigh and Nichols keep in mind they were two loners without 10's if not hundreds of millions of supporters. Radical Muslim Arabs are a blight upon humanity and are determined to kill as many innocent people as possible. Look at what the Arabs did in Russia, shooting kids in the back and blowing them up.

When was the last time you saw mormons doing that?

Re:Get Rid Of It (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293166)

The Nazis have a problem with the Americans? HEAVEN FORBID!

Re:Get Rid Of It (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293179)

Obviously, we need to get it back and get rid of it. If an arab group or someone else with a chip on their shoulder got their filthy hands on it, there's no telling what could happen.

Yes, like all true slashdotters know, a 7,200 pound 12 foot long missile that leaks radiation like windows leaks memory is so easy to hide.

Well.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293028)

Somebody set us up the bomb

sweet! (2, Funny)

Vlion (653369) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293029)

Dig it up;
Deal with the *zilla fish around it;
Put it in a concrete case then;
Dump it with the rest of the nuclear stockpile.

Alternativly, do studies on it regarding how effective the case was at protecting it.

Re:sweet! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293091)

Yeah, this kind of suprised me. Exactly how many nukes are we missing anyway? Getting quality nuclear material is supposedly the big barrier preventing terrorists from making a nuke, so news of this doesn't exactly thrill me.

However, I think that you made a very good call. Studying how the materials fared 'in the wild' might be useful. OTOH this was designed to be a nuke rather than a long-term storage device so the gains may be rather small. It is still probably worth taking a look at though.

Good job helping terrorists Slashdot! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293030)

Why don't you just put the plans for a nuclear weapon on the internet.

Oh wait...

Re:Good job helping terrorists Slashdot! (1)

sqrt(2) (786011) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293170)

Bush (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293031)

If it is the bomb that Duke has found, the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?

just don't give it to bush... :)

I know what to do with it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293033)

Somebody set up us the bomb!

Someone set us up the bomb! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293037)

Lame, I know, but it had to be said here.

Re:Someone set us up the bomb! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293070)

It seems I was right and it had to be said, unfortunately others thought so too and posted it before me. :(

Bet the... (5, Funny)

Dethboy (136650) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293041)

Fishing is good around that thing...

Look it's a GIANT TUNA! And it glows in the dark. And has 3 eyes.

Re:Bet the... (5, Funny)

TykeClone (668449) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293120)

And we'll call him Blinky.

Well... (5, Funny)

kjones692 (805101) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293043)

On the one hand, a recovery would be expensive, dangerous, and probably unnecessary. On the other hand, if we leave it there... the terrorists win.

Re:Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293149)

So since americans dropped the bomb there the terrorists that win are the americans?

I think.. (4, Insightful)

Pivot (4465) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293044)

Those that decided to build this bomb should be forced to dive down to it themselves in a diving suit of choice and pick it up with their bare hands and bring it to the surface. Those who make a mess should be responsible for cleaning up after themselves. They're probably dead though.

What we should do (1, Interesting)

alatesystems (51331) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293046)

I think we should deny we have it, and then detonate something like it near south america. We should then have an impromptu parade in our honor.

Then after we make everyone think we blew it up, we claim [nwsource.com] that it is a smear campaign by south america.

(In case you missed it mods, that was making fun of North Korea)

Chris

too bad.... (1)

ianjk (604032) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293047)

one down, ten more to go!

Remove the explosive parts... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293052)

and put it in a museum.

The Sum Of All Fears (5, Informative)

Space cowboy (13680) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293054)

Is it just me, or is this scarily like the plot of the book (didn't see the film)... I don't mind science-fiction becoming reality (for the most part :-) but I have a real problem with nuclear bombs being unaccounted for. I had thought the whole premise for the book was ridiculous, but ....


The United States lost 11 nuclear bombs in accidents during the Cold War that were never recovered, according to the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.


An estimated 50 nuclear warheads, most of them from the former Soviet Union, still lie on the bottom of the world's oceans, according to the environmental group Greenpeace.


This really doesn't fill me with happy thoughts... Bottom of the ocean is far too lax a description, you can practically paddle in the North Sea between the UK and the rest of Europe! The Marianas trench would be (just about) deep enough for me not to care...

Simon

Tom Clancy in overdrive... (1)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293131)

Yeah, well Sum Of All Fears sprung to my mind too, just as Debt Of Honor sprung to my mind on September 11th.

Pity that nobody in the US intelligence agencieswho had the information that Al Qaeda was planning strikes on the US and that some of its operatives were going through flight school managed to join the dots. If they had then perhaps 19 people wouldn't have been able to change the world.

@_@ (1)

kagelump (812908) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293057)

it would be rather scary if there were more 'lost' nukes floating around the country, and some group aquired it somehow. then we got a civil nuclear war @_@

No worrys. (2, Interesting)

lhaeh (463179) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293060)

Its non-functioning, nukes have a shelf life of ~5 years before the plutonium turns into another isotope.

This [underreported.com] is a much bigger thing to be concerned about.

Re:No worrys. (1)

Pakaran2 (138209) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293164)

You're almost certainly thinking of tritium - which isn't used in all (or even most) modern H-bombs - Pu-239 has a halflife of something like 30 millenia.

Clearly a job for A.L.V.I.N. (0, Troll)

kad77 (805601) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293062)

Set the unmanned sub after it, and remove the uranium core. Using the cutting torch may prove to stimulate high ratings on the webcam/Discovery channel taping of the event!

I'd watch!

Re:Clearly a job for A.L.V.I.N. (2, Informative)

BCW2 (168187) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293110)

Sorry, Alvin is manned and is about to be retired. The new version is even better. The original Alvin also participated in the retrieval of the lost bomb off of Spain in the late 60's.

lol X 2 (1)

here4fun (813136) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293064)

But because of the damage and the risk that the conventional explosives could be detonated, the crew was granted permission to jettison the nuclear bomb into the Atlantic Ocean off Savannah. The bomb was dropped from an altitude of about 7,200 feet at an air speed of about 200 knots. The B-47 crew did not see an explosion when the bomb hit the ocean.

What confidance: the B-47 crew did not see an explosion when the bomb hit the ocean. Could you imagine looking down and seeing that thing blow? Savanah never would have become popular after "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". Savanah would not be there any more.

This reminds me of the TV series "Sledge Hammer". Trust me... I know what I'm doing

Send it to Redmond (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293067)

"If it is the bomb that Duke has found, the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?"

Send it to Redmond. They will have more Open Sores software that they need for the rest of their lives.

Two words (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293074)

SCO Headquarters.

Just a suggestion... (1)

mikael (484) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293075)

If it is the bomb that Duke has found, the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?"

Put an inflatable air bag underneath, and inflate it s-l-ow-l-y .... you don't want this baby try to prove it's own existance.

has any one considered (2, Funny)

AssProphet (757870) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293076)

Ebay? I'm sure it has a sentimental value to some people.

Re:has any one considered (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293163)

Ebay? This idea is soooo 5 minutes ago.

scary... (1)

Harry the Dirty Dog (306418) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293077)

what, if anything, should be done with it?

What's the definition of scary?

"We found a 40 year old nuclear bomb off the coast of Florida but we're not sure if we're going to do anything about it."

Harry.

RE: What should be done with it (2, Interesting)

Thorin_ (164014) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293079)

I have a few ideas on what they could do with it. They could bring it up, take it apart and see how everything held up after being submerged for so long or perhaps take at the nuclear material and put it on display in one of the smithsonians.

Retrieval (4, Interesting)

StevenHenderson (806391) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293080)

From the FA:

The report also estimated it would take as long as five years and cost $5 million to $11 million to recover the bomb.

Can anyone explain why the retrieval process would take so long if the bomb is supposedly "likely harmless"? I'm honestly baffled at this, and if we do not expend the money to retrieve it, are there any international accords in place to make sure our enemies do not retrieve/ reverse engineer it?

Three Letters (0, Redundant)

tekunokurato (531385) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293081)

S
C
O

Somebody set up us the bomb. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293089)

You have no chance to survive make your time.

Don't just leave it there... (5, Insightful)

WIAKywbfatw (307557) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293094)

For one thing it's a danger to the local marine environment. There's no telling how long radiation levels in the area have been higher than normal, but leaving a nuke with decaying seals on it will do nothing for the area.

And, for another thing, you want to go retrieve it before someone else does. Nuclear - or should that be "nu-cu-lar"? - material lying there just waiting to be had is a potential goldmine for a terrorist organisation, etc. The symbolism of using an American nuke to make the material for its own nuclear device, dirty bomb, or whatever against the very people that built it would be just the kind of thing that Al Qaeda would love.

Bottom line: it's there, you know where it is, so go get it so it's out of play.

Like America? (1, Flamebait)

MacFury (659201) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293181)

is a potential goldmine for a terrorist organisation

Like America? :-)

The symbolism of using an American nuke to make the material for its own nuclear device, dirty bomb, or whatever against the very people that built it would be just the kind of thing that Al Qaeda would love.

Yes, I'm a fan of irony as well. We build bombs to protect us from the people who use our bombs to kill us! Brilliant!

Re:Don't just leave it there... (4, Funny)

chill (34294) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293198)

Read the whole article and you'll see that there are over 50 nuclear bombs that were "lost" and just sitting out there.

The tons of enriched Plutonium sitting in Kazahkstan (sp?) are more easily acquired by terrorists than stuff lying on the bottom of the ocean.

Still, just letting it sit there and contaminate the fish isn't a good idea.

Bury It? (2, Interesting)

diver8 (810336) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293097)

Why not dig a hole and bury it? Granted, I'm not an engineer and I have little understanding of how radioactivity affects the environment, but it seems like it would be safer to dig a hole in the ocean and bury it.

We have drilling equipment capable of drilling deep in to the ocean floor to tap oil reserves. Couldn't something like this be used to bury it?

It would seem to me to be too risky to try raising it, given it's proximity to population centers.

Timewarp anyone? (2, Interesting)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293101)

They made a huge fuss about this in the virginia pilot almost 2 years ago. definitely old news.

Got WMD? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293112)

AHA! THAT'S where Saddam hid it.

What to do? (1)

vandan (151516) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293113)

I'd start with three independant environmental impact statements, and follow up with fining the responsible parties $US 1 billion each ( all individuals and organisations involved ) plus making them cover the full costs of repairing the damage done ( taken from the environmental impact statements ).

Even ignoring the environmental damage done, right-wing appologists can't ignore the fact that this thing was sitting in the ocean, waiting for the next would-be terrorist to come and collect it in their row-boat and use it in their next attack on Uncle Sam ( God forbid ).

'Gross professional negligence' doesn't do this justice.

Re:What to do? (1)

BCW2 (168187) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293177)

" I'd start with three independant environmental impact statements"

Thats six years and a Billion dollars wasted.

"fining the responsible parties $US 1 billion each ( all individuals and organisations involved )"

Five of the Presidents are dead, good luck collecting, although the idea of a penniless Ted Kennedy is amusing.

As for "right wing apologists" What about the four Democrat administrations involved?

You are obviously too emotionaly reactionary to use any common sense. All that needs to be done is find a way to get it, and dispose of it. It's not the only nuke out there. There are two at ten thousand feet with the Scorpion and Lord only knows how many Russian ones(they will never tell).

Wacko greens (1)

glrotate (300695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293190)

I'd start with three independant environmental impact statements, and follow up with fining the responsible parties $US 1 billion each

Why not 30 impact statements and 1 million billion in fines?

What are you trying to accomplish? What good are a bunch of silly environmental impact studies going to do?

Duke......? (2)

Vasan (672337) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293116)

Duke...found a Nuke... oh my god..it's finally released.. although not like we expected.. Duke Nukem Forever!

What does it take? (1)

ParadoxicalPostulate (729766) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293117)

What does it take to make one of these go off underwater?

I wonder.

Anyone know the details on why it is safer under several hundred tons of water? I'm not arguing the fact, but I am curious as to whether or not these can ever be a threat while being underwater.

BTW: IANAT.

Re:What does it take? (1)

magefile (776388) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293199)

IIRC, it being underwater is a bad thing. Massive flooding, freak waves (i.e., large enough to sink entire fleets), contamination of the drinking water supply for much of the southeastern US and parts of Mexico and elsewhere, etc, contamination of food supplies (agricultural and fishing-related).

Some of this is from RTFA, some of it is from the atoll tests the military did. Not that it being above water would be good ... but being below water is just as bad.

what if it isnt? (1)

BoomN (801692) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293118)

If it is the bomb that Duke has found, the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?"
If it isn't the bomb, what the hell is it? Bloefeld's secret lair?

Hey! (1)

Nuclear Elephant (700938) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293119)

I live in GA, you insensitive clod!

found in the LOST CITY OF ATLANTA (1)

infonography (566403) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293123)

torn from the pages of Futurama

Experiment? (3, Interesting)

Audacious (611811) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293129)

Since the radiation levels are so high - why not use it as a test field on the surrounding fish. Oh yeah - that's already been done. Hasn't it?

Realistically though, how many people's lives are going to be lost because of the government leaving it there all of this time? Radioactive fish, shellfish, and others do not really glow in the dark just because they are radioactive. (ie:You could have eaten radioactive fish and not known it.) So what this means is that a lot of the people who may have died of cancer over the years in that area have just cause to file suit with the US Government over this. And just as surely, with tides, currents, and the like the radioactive material has spread over at least a portion of the coast line. I'd hate to be someone living in that area right now and know that your property just became a wasteland.

disappointed in US government (5, Insightful)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293132)


I live in a country with a 300 billion dollar annual PEACETIME military budget, and they can't locate an accidentally dropped nuclear bomb in 12 feet of water to recover it?

Instead, a hobbiest treasure hunter with a civilian boat and a WalMart geiger counter has to do the job for them and send the US military a GPS point.

That makes me sick to my stomach, no wonder we can't find Osama or WMD's.

Tell me again who's the real winner when it takes a 5 billion dollar nuclear aircraft carrier to deploy a 20 million dollar plane flown by a pilot with a million dollar education, dropping a ten thousand dollar bomb just to kill some Iraqi kid hiding in a hole with a $20 russian surplus rifle?

This to me is symbolic of everything that's wrong with our bloated defense budget.

Vote libertarian!! /rant

Re:disappointed in US government (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293196)

Tell me again who's the real winner when it takes a 5 billion dollar nuclear aircraft carrier to deploy a 20 million dollar plane flown by a pilot with a million dollar education, dropping a ten thousand dollar bomb just to kill some Iraqi kid hiding in a hole with a $20 russian surplus rifle?

The Iraqi kid.

No so dangerous... (1)

whataboutMike (787504) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293137)

The Air Force insists the bomb was being used for practice and did not contain the plutonium trigger needed for a nuclear explosion.

So according to the article there is no dnager of a nuclear explosion. At worst a smallish convetional bomb.

They could have recovered it... (1)

cortana (588495) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293138)

The article states that recovering the bomb would have cost between $5,000,000 and $11,000,000. This is money they could easily have made back by selling it to Saddam Hussein, with the added bonus that it would have given Bush a weapon of mass destruction to actually _find_ in Iraq.

Duke Nukem (5, Funny)

retodd (798765) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293151)

and it was found off Tybee Island by retired Air Force Lt. Colonel Derek Duke...

... who forever shall be known as 'Duke Nukem'

Core fuel? (1)

dacarr (562277) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293153)

Curiousity, how feasible is it to remove the nuclear substances from the bomb and use them as reactor core fuel in a nuclear power plant?

Make a poll! (1)

edrams (778721) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293157)

If you found a nuclear bomb that had been lost for a long time would you: 1. give it back 2. keep it 3. "borrow" some parts but then give it back 4. I don't know where to look for a nuclear bomb, you insensitive clod!

What a quote... (1)

Txiasaeia (581598) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293158)

"If it is the bomb that Duke has found, the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?"

OF COURSE! It all makes sense! THIS is how Duke Nukem came to be - what with the radiation and all... explains how these planes crashed, anyway. Now we just have to wait for the aliens to come and steal our women, and the FUN will begin! Dibs on the laser trip mines!

Georgia? Oh, you mean the state, not the country. (1)

agm (467017) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293171)

Reading the article headline I assumed they were referring to the country, not the state. Anyone else make that assumption?

They have to ask? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10293174)

"the question now is what, if anything, should be done with it?"

Lift it out and dispose of it!

At least it does not contain the plutonium trigger.

The $5 to $10 million price tag to retrieve the bomb is peanuts.

The thought of so many bombs being lost at sea is not comforting. Perhaps we should expend some effort on finding them!

Can't help but wonder... (1)

here4fun (813136) | more than 9 years ago | (#10293191)

Since nobody knew this one was missing until it was found, how many more are out there?

Now I wish I would have got the metal detector from the Shopping Network. Doh! I could have found my own nuclear bomb.

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