The note affixed to the metal box was chilling: “Do not move or tilt this bomb, because the mechanism controlling the detonators…will set it off at a movement of less than .01 of the open end Ricter [sic] scale.” Addressed to the management of Harvey’s Resort Hotel near Lake Tahoe, where men pretending to deliver a copy machine had placed the box on August 26, 1980, the message warned the bomb squad not to try to dismantle the device. “This bomb can never be dismantled or disarmed without causing an explosion. Not even by the creator.”
This article was written by Jay A. Tilden and Dallas Boyd, and originally published by the Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists.
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