Echoes of War
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When the heat from the display lights on the steel pier in Atlantic City triggered the pier’s sprinkler system, the Army’s largest set of radio relays and a number of weather observation instruments would have been damaged. They were part of the US Army exhibit which opened June 29. . . . Yacht, departing a destroyed 400-unit hostel in Iida, Nagano Prefecture, Japan on July 16. . . . In Denver, Colorado, former Navy pilot Robert Hamilton made an emergency landing on a north side street on a Sunday when his plane’s engine flamed out. He and a companion escaped injury, but there were many frightened citizens. The fire department was called, found little to do. … In Chicago, a large TWA airliner, carrying 18 passengers and three crew, retracted its wheels, when its engines died over a residential area on the south side, July 2, and the pilot skidded the craft to a landing on the railroad belt line, causing damage that brought rail traffic to a standstill for several hours. Here too, the firefighters fortunately found no fires, no deaths. … In New York, four young people who wanted to make their own firecrackers and who were full of “war spirit” were arrested for possession of 24 sticks of dynamite, identified as having been stolen from a construction project in Yonkers, NY. . . In Allentown, Pennsylvania, the theft of “enough dynamite to cause a significant explosion” was reported by Police Chief Wayne Elliott who said thieves ripped the doors off storage buildings, obtaining two cases of 50 pounds of dynamite, four 100-pound cases of explosive “speed” gelatin, and three cases of dynamite capsules. A good sort of storage to drag around, huh? . . . Speaking of explosives, a real scare was provided in New York by an eighteen inch square crate which floated ashore on the beach at Richmond, Staten Island, containing what looked like a bomb, and brought the city bomb squad, who found her. a circulation pump for a 50-cal. machine gun, evidently lost on the wrecked Solar escort which sank following an explosion in New Jersey. . . . According to Representative Hugh DeLacy of Washington, the military authorities there had stockpiled 1,500 atomic bombs and were manufacturing more by March of this year. . . . According to Dr. Isadore Rabi, chief executive of the physics department at Columbia University, thirty atomic bombs would wipe out all of New York City and much of its population. . . . Carbon dioxide fumes escaping as ten men worked in a compartment below the fourth deck of the Carrier Franklin at the New York Naval Shipyard in Brooklyn, NY, killed two and killed eight others. The men were transferring the gas, used to fight fires aboard the ship, into metal cylinders, it is said, when it began to leak in some unexplained way. . . . The army reported that studies were underway in Aberdeen. Md., Proving Ground indicate that caverns 200 feet deep, or air-raid shelters of equal depth, prove questionable protection. Colonel Leslie Simon. The director of the Aberdeen laboratory said that after compiling the results of the Bikini tests, “we can determine how high an atomic bomb must explode to crush solid rock at a depth of 150 to 200 feet.” Prior to this, it was believed that deep underground facilities would provide effective shelter against an atomic explosion. . . . David Dietz, writing in the NY World-Telegram, says the center of the ‘miniature sun’ (the explosion that erupted over Bikini Atol) would be five times hotter than what scientists think the center is. of our own sun either – or about 100,000,000 degrees! . . . When a large four-engined Japanese bomber, the only one of its kind in existence, took off from Newark, NJ airport this spring, three fire engines and many firefighters and crash crew members were on hand by precautionary measure. No fires, no risks, no terror.
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