On the 50th Anniversary of the Atomic Bomb

Trinity Site: 1945-1995, A National Historic Landmark, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

By White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office

On July 16, 1945 the world changed with the explosion of the first atomic bomb. The explosion took place at Trinity Site which is on what is now White Sands Missile Range. Trinity Site is a national historic landmark which is open to the public twice a year. atomicarchive.com has taken the Project Gutenberg text, and enhanced the information.


The effects could well be called unprecedented, magnificent, beautiful, stupendous, and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such tremendous power had ever occurred before. The lighting effects beggared description. The whole country was lighted by a searing light with the intensity many times that of the midday sun.

-Brig. Gen. Thomas Farrell

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