Vaporised



July 16, 1945, the infamous day they exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity site in Alamagordo, New Mexico. An event of truly historic significance,and it happened only 69 years ago.

Only open to the public on the first Saturday in April, this year April 5th, your opportunity to visit this site is rapidly approaching.


On our trip home in the spring of 2010 we swung through NM to see other sights and just happened to be nearby on that weekend so we detoured through Alamagordo to take it in.

The surrounding desert

The surrounding desert. We were gone so long we had to take the dog. Made sure we washed his feet off well when we returned to the camper.

Remnants of the bomb casing.

Remnants of the bomb casing. Not shown in this picture was a very small, baby cactus with one very long spine, which Boscoe checked out with his nose. The spine got him, good. We had to perform spine removal surgery on the spot.

A long line of traffic snaked onto the military base and every person entering the site was vetted. They take their security very seriously.

The site is safe in his hands.

The site is safe in his hands.


More security.

More security-everywhere.


There were displays and many pictures, but other than a few old buildings and bunkers all there was to see was a depression in the middle of the desert. One display was especially interesting. On a table were various items which included some trinitite, a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes, a piece of Depression glassware and plastic dinner ware. They passed a geiger counter over each of them. The geiger counter went nuts over the glass and dinner ware and right off the scale with the cigarettes but hardly registered on the trinitite. Glad I don’t smoke.

The explosion at .06 seconds

The explosion at .06 seconds

and at .100 seconds

and at .100 seconds

As tourist destinations go it was a very sobering experience, walking on ground where an event occured that hurled the world into the Nuclear Age and led to the end of World War II.

An unprotected worker inspecting footings remains.

An unprotected worker inspecting footings remains.


It is also sobering when you realize that all those involved died of uranium poisoning or other disastrous diseases. Precautions were taken, but they were inadequate, they had no idea of the devastating effect such a bomb would have.

The bunker

The bunker they hid behind during the blast


Bunker roof

Bunker roof

The explosion melted the sand and turned it into trinitite some of which is still scattered on the desert floor. As you can see this belongs to the Federal Government.

A Federal offence.

A Federal offence.


You can be jailed for removing it from the area. You can pick it up and look at it but be very sure you are seen to replace it. They did have military and civilian security, uniformed and plainclothes, everywhere.

A guard guarding the trinitite.

A guard guarding the trinitite.

To learn more go to:

http://www.wsmr.army.mil/PAO/Trinity/Pages/default.aspx

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