Civil Defense Department of New York State
Wednesday, July 25, 1951
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
James Flemming reports first about tests taking place at the Enewetak Atoll, then to Rochester, NY for an "on the scene sound picture" of Operation Rochester.
They describe the detonation of an atomic bomb on Enewetak, and radiation surveys that took place immediately after. The radiation hazard was reported to disappear after the first two minutes, allowing for rescue work to begin, as in the Texas City disaster.
Milton B. O'Connell speaks about "Operation Rochester," which took place July 14, 1941. 12,000 people participated in this simulated A-bomb attack. Flemming describes the various duties carried out by member of the public. The drill included individuals with mock injuries.
Flemming continues to reiterate the need for volunteers.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71709
Municipal archives id: LT4226