The US government has declassified hundreds of films of nuclear weapon tests conducted between 1945 and 1962.
The chilling videos, shot at the height of the Cold War when the arms race was at its fiercest, have just been shared on YouTube in an attempt to preserve footage found rotting in high security vaults.
The American Lawrence Livermore Laboratory conducted 210 nuclear weapons tests across New Mexico, Nevada and both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans between 1945 and 1962.
Its weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and a team of archivists have been hunting down, scanning and declassifying these decomposing films before it is too late.
To date, the team has located around 6,500 of the estimated 10,000 films created during atmospheric above-ground testing.
Around 4,200 films have so far been scanned, 400 to 500 have been reanalyzed and around 750 have been declassified.
Video is playing up on my computer so just put the two videos in case one doesn't work.
Edited by Jolldan, 17 March 2017 - 08:52 AM.