PAHUTE MESA, Nev. — U.S. scientists detonated a nuclear weapon today in the nation's 12th announced atomic test this year, despite a strike by workers at the Nevada Test Site.
"The test was a success. There were no problems. All radiation was contained," Department of Energy spokeswoman Barbara Yoerg said shortly after the 8 a.m. detonation.
Labor pickets and three anti-nuclear protesters paraded near the test site gates 45 miles from ground zero. Residents in Las Vegas, 105 miles from ground zero, felt a swaying motion less than a minute after the blast.
No damage was reported.
The blast came on the 10th day of a strike by culinary workers that is being honored by about 90% of the test site's union work force of about 3,500.