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Museum to unveil replica of first detonated nuclear bomb


Thursday, October 5, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is primed to unveil its newest piece of history a replica of the world's first nuclear bomb to be detonated.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2y4z8HJ ) that on Friday, the museum will introduce a nearly to-scale replica of the Trinity Tower, which held the bomb, called the Gadget.

Jim Walther, executive director of the museum, says the tower comes from an old 50s-era fire observation tower taken down from a forest in Alabama. It's about 98 feet (30 meters) tall and made of 15,000 pounds (6,800 kilograms) of steel.

The Gadget replica will hang from a pulley as if in the midst of being pulled up into the tower prior to detonation.

The real Gadget detonated July 16, 1945.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com