Photos of 1955 Atomic Bomb Test

By on May 31, 2012

Some rare and eerie photos of a replica town involved in an atomic bomb test in May 1955, including mannequins used to demonstrate the effects on people.

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955
Scorched, male mannequin in suit of dark fabric indicates a human would be burned but alive.

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955
Burned up except for face, this mannequin was 7,000 feet [one and a quarter miles] from blast.

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955
Unburned, a lady mannequin with wig askew is wearing light-colored dress which absorbs less heat.

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955
Remains of a house built for the test more than a mile from ground zero.

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955
Fallen mannequin in house 5,500 feet from bomb is presumed dead.

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955

Replica town destroyed in Nevada A-bomb test May 1955

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6 Comments

  1. Cucho

    March 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    How can any of them get cancer , If Nuke tests where/are a hoax ?.

  2. Carrie

    November 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    And how many of these men inspecting the site developed cancer? Probably all of them.

    • Dennis Mitton

      December 3, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Per the American Cancer Society of the 3000 workers at the Smoky nuclear test in Nevada (1957) there was an expected incidence of 4 cancers. A total of 10 was recorded by 1970. It would be impossible to tell how these other cancers were contracted. Smoking? Carcinogens?

    • Erin

      January 3, 2015 at 11:09 pm

      Actually a small portion of the scientists and investigators who went into “ground zero” after the test later developed some form of cancer, BUT what I am anxious to learn is how many experienced damage to their actual DNA and passed mutations along to their children.

  3. Laura J

    August 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

    And they thought this was a good thing…disturbing on many levels!

  4. Eva Halloween

    June 1, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Wow, how exceptional.

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