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  1. It depends a whole lot on the size of the blast and how close you are to it.

    In 1945 when they tested the first bomb they wanted a backup early on in case the extremely expensive plutonium didn’t ignite as expected. They built a huge steel bottle they thought to enclose the test; it was built of armor steel, six to fourteen inches thick, in Chicago and transported to the test site. By the time it arrived they had more confidence in their computations and didn’t need it, so they hung it in a tower 100 meters from the tower with the bomb in it.

    After the test, this is what they found:

    The steel bottle was intact; the tower was gone. Later on they tried to get rid of it by placing 8 500-pound bombs in it; it blew the ends off, and left:

    As it is today at the Trinity site in New Mexico. One of the end pieces is in Socorro:

    Now, if the bottle had been used and the bomb was successful (as it proved to be), the bottle would have been largely vaporized.

    It all depends on how close and how big.

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