FRANCE: Atomic Member No. 4

For the first time in 16 months, a nuclear cloud columned up and spread its cauliflower shape above the earth.

At 6:30 one morning a robot control, operated by perforated tape, was set in motion to trigger an explosion atop a 300-ft. latticed steel pylon in the North African desert. The eye-melting flash turned the sky into brighter-than-day, and a mountain range on the horizon was illuminated like a stage setting. As the shock wave rolled outward, two men in Hammoudia blockhouse ten miles away were thrown on their faces. With this nuclear bang, set off last week in the...

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