• Short Summary

    FRANCE EXPLODED A HYDROGEN BOMB IN THE PACIFIC LAST SATURDAY (AUGUST 24) WHICH WAS 100 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN THE HIROSHIMA BLAST IN 1945.

  • Description


    AIRCRAFT TAKES OFF; COUNTDOWN STARTS; DETONATION; OBSERVERS; MUSHROOM-SHAPED CLOUD


    1.
    GV AIRCRAFT TAKES OFF
    0.10

    2.
    CU INT..OFFICIALS IN CONTROL ROOM
    0.25

    3.
    LV BOMB EXPLODES
    0.42

    4.
    SV MEN ON DECK WATCH EXPLOSIONS
    0.46

    5.
    LV MUSHROOM ON HORIZON (2 SHOTS)
    1.04



    Initials JP/VS/JB/BB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FRANCE EXPLODED A HYDROGEN BOMB IN THE PACIFIC LAST SATURDAY (AUGUST 24) WHICH WAS 100 TIMES MORE POWERFUL THAN THE HIROSHIMA BLAST IN 1945. BUT OBSERVERS SAID THERE WAS ALMOST NO FALLOUT.

    THE BOMB HAD A FORCE OF TWO MEGATONS WHICH IS EQUAL TO THE EXPLOSIVE POWER OF 2-MILLION TONS OF TNT. THE FALLOUT WAS SO SLIGHT THAT LESS THAN FOUR HOURS AFTER THE BLAST, THE SITE WAS VISITED BY THE FRENCH MINISTER OF SCIENCE, M. ROBERT GALLEY.

    THE BOMB WAS CARRIED BY AIRCRAFT TO AN AREA 600 YARDS ABOVE THE FANGATAUFA ATOLL, WHERE IT WAS RELEASED IN A BALLOON. THE AREA WHERE THE DETONATION TOOK PLACE WAS ABOUT 750 MILES (1200 KMS) SOUTH TAHITI. THE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE WAS REPORTED TO BE ABOUT THE SIZE OF A SMALL CAR. M. GALLEY SAID THAT FRENCH SCIENTISTS WOULD NOW DEVOTE THEIR EFFORTS TO WHAT HE CALLED "THE MILITARISATION AND MINIATURISATION" OF THE DEVICE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1TNT2N1G5AQJHVE07KQNPLCAJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1TNT2N1G5AQJHVE07KQNPLCAJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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