If you live near Los Alamos National Laboratory and hear thunderous booms at night in the coming week, don't be alarmed, according to the lab. 

The lab said it plans to conduct on-site explosives testing late Sunday, Tuesday and Friday nights using non-nuclear materials. 

Brief but loud booms may be heard in Los Alamos, White Rock and other communities, but the planned tests pose no threat, the lab said in a news release. 

The lab tests explosives periodically to help maintain weapons and industrial explosives safety as well as to aid in explosives science, shock physics, global security, counterterrorism and military support, it said.

Some past tests have helped researchers better understand how sounds travel during different atmospheric conditions, the lab said. 

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Jay Coghlan

The article says “The lab tests explosives periodically to help maintain weapons and industrial explosives safety as well as to aid in explosives science, shock physics, global security, counterterrorism and military support, it said.”

As usual the Lab misleads. Historically dynamic explosive tests at LANL have always been and will be primarily about advancing new nuclear weapons designs. Along with expanding plutonium “pit” bomb core production, these explosive tests are a key part of the $1.7 trillion “modernization” plan to completely rebuild nuclear weapons with new military capabilities and new missiles, subs and bombers to deliver them. Nuclear weapons forever! (despite the fact that 122 countries have signed the ban treaty)

Jay Coghlan

Nuclear watch New Mexico

www.nukewatch.org

Ann Maes

I find everything about that 'lab' revolting!

Greg Mello

Everyone's busy, but if you could follow this thread and had the freedom to look around you would end up with a cornucopia of riveting stories of national as well as local importance.

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