L.A.’s skyline lit up by a nuclear explosion
Above: Los Angeles City Hall is backlit by nuclear weapon test in Yucca Flat, Nev., 300 miles away on May 7, 1952.
From the Times’ story on the detonations:

The first predawn atomic flash since early 1951 over the Nevada proving ground was visible clearly from Los Angeles yesterday morning.
Despite a cloudy sky, the intense brilliance carried 300 miles between here and the atomic test site to fringe downtown buildings in a brief aura of fierce light.
Photographs taken from Civic Center show the northeastern sky luminous from a man-made sunrise. The detonation was at 5:15 a.m. — 43 minutes before dawn.
The five experimental nuclear explosions early last year all occurred in morning darkness. The 12 others which followed, with the exception of yesterday’s, came in bright sunlight….

Read more over at Framework.
Photos: Los Angeles Times archives

L.A.’s skyline lit up by a nuclear explosion

Above: Los Angeles City Hall is backlit by nuclear weapon test in Yucca Flat, Nev., 300 miles away on May 7, 1952.

From the Times’ story on the detonations:

The first predawn atomic flash since early 1951 over the Nevada proving ground was visible clearly from Los Angeles yesterday morning.

Despite a cloudy sky, the intense brilliance carried 300 miles between here and the atomic test site to fringe downtown buildings in a brief aura of fierce light.

Photographs taken from Civic Center show the northeastern sky luminous from a man-made sunrise. The detonation was at 5:15 a.m. — 43 minutes before dawn.

The five experimental nuclear explosions early last year all occurred in morning darkness. The 12 others which followed, with the exception of yesterday’s, came in bright sunlight….

Read more over at Framework.

Photos: Los Angeles Times archives

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