Nuclear power’s first fatal accident.

Nuclear power’s first fatal accident.

On January 3, 1961, the world had it’s first people killed as a direct result of a nuclear power accident. According to the website, “a small, 3MW experimental BWR called SL-1 (Stationary Low-Power Plant No. 1) in Idaho was destroyed after a control rod was removed manually.” All three men killed in the accident were military members, two army and one navy. One of the army men, Richard McKinley, is buried in a lead lined coffin in Arlington National Cemetery, so as not to further spread the radiation he was dosed with. “The three men were killed as they moved fuel rods in a “routine” preparation for the reactor start-up. One technician was blown to the ceiling of the containment dome and impaled on a control rod. His body remained there until it was taken down six days later. The men were so heavily exposed to radiation that their hands had to be buried separately with other radioactive waste, and their bodies were interred in lead coffins.”

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