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US dismantles oldest, biggest and most powerful Cold War nuclear bomb

US dismantles oldest, biggest and most powerful Cold War nuclear bomb

This undated handout photo provided by the National Nuclear Security Administration shows the United States' last B53 nuclear bomb. The 10,000-pound bomb is scheduled to be dismantled Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at the Pantex Plant just outside Amarillo, Texas. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON (AFP) - Technicians in Texas closed a chapter on the Cold War on Tuesday, dismantling the oldest, biggest and most powerful nuclear bomb in the US arsenal, officials said. The last B-53 bomb - built in 1962, the year of the Cuban missile crisis - was dismantled at the Pantex facility in Amarillo, the only place in the United States that still builds, maintains and dismantles nuclear weapons. Grey in color, weighing 10,000 pounds (4,500kg) and as big as a small car, it had the power to wipe out an entire metropolitan area with its nine-megaton yield when dropped from a B-52 bomber. By comparison, th...

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