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2nd A-Device in 2 Days Detonated in Nevada

December 03, 1987|From Times Wire Services

MERCURY, Nev. — Scientists on Wednesday exploded the second small underground nuclear device in two days at the Nevada Test Site, the Department of Energy announced.

The explosion was designed to test the ability of U.S. space and military hardware to survive a nuclear blast. Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars") research is believed to be linked to some of the tests.

The test, which had an explosive force of less than 20,000 tons of TNT, was conducted 24 hours after another blast, code-named Waco.

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