Just Five Guys Standing Under an Exploding Nuclear Bomb

In 1957, five Air Force volunteers and one photographer stood at ground zero in the Nevada desert of a  nuclear bomb test happening 18,500 feet above them.

In this astonishing film, you can see and hear the men waiting for a bomb to explode, followed by the flash of the blast and then the rolling shock wave. NPR’s Robert Krulwich says you have to see this to believe it and I’m inclined to agree.

More on the test and the men who took part in it over at Krulwich Wonders. But, let’s at least give these guys one “HOLY SHITBALLS OF STEEL” before wrapping up. [via laughingsquid]

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