Never-Before-Seen Cold War Video Footage Unearthed

Kirsters Baish| During the peak of the Cold War, the United States of America was testing our nuclear weapons just in case it became necessary to utilize them. There has just been new video footage released, showing more than 250 videos of the extensive testing.

California’s Lawrence Livermore National Library posted the videos to their YouTube channel. All of the videos are now declassified and depict explosion after explosion on United States testing grounds between the years 1945 and 1962.

The library’s weapon physicist, Greg Spriggs, explained that it was very important that the footage was restored. The entire process took five years.

Spriggs also said that it took years to find all of the footage. It wasn’t until all of the footage was recovered that the team of researchers figured out that most of the data regarding the tests was wrong.

Scientists seemed to have trouble estimating both size and strength without the technology that we now have today.

The lab reported that in all, 210 nuclear weapons tests took place within the 17-year range. The lab also stated that almost 10,000 of the videos “sat idle, scattered across the country in high-security vaults.”

“The goals are to preserve the films’ content before it’s lost forever, and provide better data to the post-testing-era scientists who use computer codes to help certify that the aging U.S. nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective,” the library explained on its YouTube channel.

“By looking at these films we found a lot of different pieces of information had not been analyzed back in the 1950s, and we’re discovering new things about these detonations that have never been seen before,” Spriggs stated. “We decided to try and reanalyze the films and come up with better data to better understand nuclear weapon effects.”

Classified video footage of the explosions from the 17-year span does still exist, however.

Fox News reports that “Included in the footage is Operation Plumbbob, a series of tests that occurred between May 28 and Oct. 7, 1957 at the Nevada test site. Operation Plumbbob is widely considered to be the most controversial test series among experts.”

The video footage shows other tests, which were called Operation Hardtack I and Operation Hardtack II, and Operation Dominic, among others.

Most of the tests were conducted in Nevada or in the Pacific Ocean, as reported by the lab. There is still more footage that needs to be analyzed. Spriggs explained that only 6,500 videos have been uncovered, but only 4,200 were scanned.

The Mail reported that Spriggs stated, “Of that number we’ve probably analyzed about 400 or 500 of these films.”