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Westport Vet Describes Nevada Nuclear Testing in 1950s

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Westport veterinarian Irwin Lebish told the Westport Rotary Club today about his experiences as a U.S. Army officer participating in above ground nuclear testing in Nevada during the 1950s. Lebish, who served on a Special Weapons project, was one of a group of veterinary pathologists who conducted research on the radioactive impact on 500 pigs placed at varying distances from “ground zero” where 29 thermonuclear devices were detonated over a one-year period. He described the detonations as “like a large flash bulb, first bright yellow, then orange, then red and then purple.” He noted that an international treaty in 1958 banned above ground nuclear testing. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

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