US nuclear weapons test, October 31, 1952. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/National Nuclear Security Administration)

A few days back I covered the new book on nuclear weapons accidents and near-accidents in the US by Eric Schlosser, Command and Control. This was quickly followed by the release of a document, via The Guardian, proving how close we really came—i.e., very—to a detonation in North Carolina in 1961 that could have killed millions on the East Coast.

A fallout map tracing the likely path of the radiation was even published.

Now The Guardian, also via Schlosser, posted today an “official” video from the Sandia labs (see below) that documents the accident, along with this story. The video also mentions other accidents.

Of course, the near-miss was kept hidden from Americans for years—and how close we came until this day. Sclosser tells The Guardian that the significance of the video was that it “conclusively establishes that the Sandia weapons lab itself was concerned about the risk of accidental detonation. Their own experts said that disaster was prevented by a single switch that they knew to be defective.” And see my book and ebook Atomic Cover-up.

Read Greg Mitchell’s article on the anniversary of the “Atomic Plague” cover-up.