Epic Bomb Video
Note: people are taking this video way too seriously and reading way more into it than they need to. This is just a video of some enormous explosions - the largest mankind has ever produced. Everyone loves explosions, right? They're eyecandy and pretty damn impressive.<br />
These were tests, nobody was hurt directly by these. Yes, we can have a long debate about what the long term concequences of the fallout are and we can turn this into a big argument over the United States' place in the world, the Soviet Union, the Cold War, Hiroshima, the ethics of having nuclear weapons at all, the enviornmental impact of tests, the validity of nuclear weapons as a deterrent, Hiroshima, Nagasaki etc etc etc...<br />
DON'T BE THAT GUY! Just enjoy the goddamned explosions.<br />
You may have seen the 1812 overture done with fireworks before, but here are some REALLY big fireworks. The movie does not account for the fact that it takes time for the sound to get from the explosion to the observer, because it wouldn't look as cool then.<br />
And yes..those troops are very close to the explosions. It was not completely understood at the time the consequences of longterm exposure to fallout. Most of them were okay in the long run, but a few had problems. Too bad...