Goldsboro, North Carolina Almost America’s Hiroshima? Nuclear “Almost” Reminds Us Nobody’s Perfect

The American government has acknowledged this incident in the past, so this is not wholly new information, but it did make a splash on the mainstream media circuit today.  Back in 1961, there was an accident that occurred in which a nuclear bomb was almost detonated over Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Apparently, the last remaining safeguard remained intact; others failed and if this final insurance against accidental detonation had failed as well, the Eastern seaboard might have a different look to it today.

Yes, that's a real picture.
Yes, that’s a real picture.

This article is not to discuss the logistics of how or why it failed but to talk about just how sobering it is that something like this happened.  What’s even more frightening is that if you look into it further, this is only one really severe incident in a series of incidents just like it.  When it comes to accidentally detonating a nuclear bomb, no one really goes with the “almost doesn’t count” mantra.

The facts here are simple.  There are geniuses in this world that have taken our technology to unparalleled levels in the history of our world.  And yet, this technology fails on a regular basis.  Computers are only as good as the humans that created them.  A piece of programming code is only as foolproof as the human brain that gave it life.  That’s just the electronic part.  Anything mechanical can fail.  No matter how many checks there are in place, things still happen.  Planes crash.  Shuttles blow to bits in the sky.

And so, we must take a moment and reflect on this event back in 1961 and the others that we know about and the possible untold many that we don’t know about.  The only conclusion to draw:  even the most devastating force created by man is not immune to malfunctions, either in human logic designing them or the pure mechanics whenever they are used in any capacity.  It doesn’t matter if they are moving them, using them to attack another country, or they are simply sitting wherever they keep these monsters, something can always go wrong.  When you have that kind of amazing power wrapped up in something so small, the possibility for an accident is always present, but the effects could last decades and even centuries into the future if and when something goes wrong.

A lot of people in conspiracy circles question this 1961 event not because of what almost happened, but what they think the progression of events might have been if it had indeed happened.  Think about the time period.  This is just before the Cuban Missile Crisis, probably the closest that the United States ever came to an all-out war with Russia and the watershed moment of the Cold War.

If that bomb had detonated over Goldsboro, would the United States government have admitted a nightmarish mistake of epic proportions, or simply blamed Russia for the attack, plunging the nation into a nuclear war that many felt was inevitable anyhow?

So, we are debating hypothetical conspiracies based on would-be historical events that never actually happened?  Yeah, well, it is a healthy debate.  That kind of skepticism toward the government and its motivations that many years ago can still help us see what is happening in our world today.  They say the study of history is important because it repeats itself.  Well, discussing possible outcomes of various moments in history is just as relevant and important.

So far, the world has been fortunate to have its nuclear accidents limited to Chernobyl and Fukushima, both terrible, but still paling in comparison to an accidental nuclear bomb detonation.  Can we really expect such a thing never to happen from this point forward in history?  Can we really expect anything manmade to be 100% perfect and accurate every time from now until the end of the world as we know it?

And can we trust anyone to own up to the accident when it happens?  Or is the thing that we must dread the most is what a nuclear accident might mushroom cloud into in terms of a  world war scenario?