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No Nukes?
by Heather Quinlan
September 15, 2000 Those wanting to swim the waters around Georgia's Tybee Island may think twice before diving in. On this quiet island, it's not the sharks people are watching out for it's a nuclear bomb. On a bitter February evening in 1958, two military planes collided, causing one to drop its cargo into the waters near Tybee Island; rumor had it that this cargo was actually an nondetonated nuclear bomb. But after 42 years, the Air Force has finally stated that there was no nuclear device on board. According to officials, it was only the casing that was sent plunging into the water; the casing does not contain any nuclear explosives. "Bottom-line conclusion no possibility of a nuclear explosion," Capt. Almarah Belk, a spokeswoman for the Air Force, said Thursday. But there are those who remain unconvinced. Among them is Derek Duke, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel. Duke claims there is a 1966 report in which a Department of Defense official included the bomb on a list of missing nuclear bombs. "The smart thing to do is find the weapon," Duke said, so he's assembled the American Sea Shore Underwater Recovery Expedition and is offering the team's services for just under $1 million. Georgia's Rep. Jack Kingston says he's asked the Air Force to review Duke's proposal. In the meantime, you can catch the whole story on Armed Forces: Declassified, this Sunday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT.

 

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