It would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945.
According to the Guardian, U.S. forces accidentally dropped two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs over Goldsboro, North Carolina on January 23, 1961. One of the bombs broke up in mid-air and behaved as a nuclear weapon. However, one low-voltage switch prevented the carnage.
The bombs after falling to the earth acted almost like a nuclear weapon that was designed to behave in warfare, after its parachute opened and its trigger mechanisms got engaged, the report added.
Each of the bombs contained four megatons of ammunition, which was equivalent to four million tons of TNT explosive, and if detonated, it could have claimed millions of lives in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and even New York.
The U.S. Government has repeatedly denied that the safety standard of its nuclear arsenal was inadequate to ever put American lives in jeopardy.
--ANI (Posted on 21-09-2013)