Fifty five years ago today, the pre-dawn eastern sky was lit up as the glow from an A Bomb test in Arizona reached all the way Los Angeles. I wonder if it was creepier in 1957 than the idea of it is today in a post-9/11 world.
From the Herald Examiner archives at the Los Angeles Public Library:
An A-bomb blast set off in Nevada at 4:36 a.m., on April 18, 1953, was judged by early risers to have been the most sensational of any seen so far. The blast made the eastern horizon as “bright as day.”
Note: While researching this incident, I discovered that this very same blog already posted about this incident and photos in 2006.
On our initial post about these photos, Kate Coe commented: “the man pointing is reporter Jack Smith of the Herald. Yes, that Jack Smith.”