There have been a handful of instances over the years in which nuclear weapons have come close to detonating in America. Such "broken arrow" events have never leveled entire towns or led to nuclear fallout, but a new book by the author of “Fast Food Nation” says they could have.
“There’s been a sort of complacency because there is so little public awareness,” Eric Schlosser told “Power Players. “The accidental detonation of a nuclear weapon would be a catastrophe on a scale that we haven't seen since the Second World War.”
Schlosser’s new book, “Command and Control,” looks at the United States' nuclear weapons and the command-and-control systems put in place to prevent an accidental launch or explosion.
One close call occurred in Damascus, Ark., in 1980, when a repairman doing routine maintenance work on a Titan II missile had a socket fall off his wrench, a widely reported mishap that Schlosser says nearly detonated the United States' largest intercontinental ballisticRead More »from Hot times during the Cold War: Close calls revealed in new book on U.S. nuclear arsenal