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When America Tested Nuclear Weapons Right Outside Las Vegas

Steve Weintz Security, Home on the bombing range? Anyone who flies into Las Vegas for a layover or whatever else can’t help noticing the Martian-like landscape to the north of the desert metropolis. The mountains and dry lake beds look like a place so remote and desolate that testing nuclear weapons there could seem reasonable. But because nuclear weapons are inherently unreasonable, Americans refused to allow their testing within the continental United States until Cold War tensions forced the issue.
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