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First atomic bomb test site: Site Trinity ground zero, the still radioactive piece of desert in the White Sands Missile Range was witness to the world's first nuclear explosion on August 6, 1945. Each year the site is open to the public for one day. An exorcism is performed by a Catholic Priest, here sprinkling holy water, as visitors to ground zero mill around an original Fat Man bomb casing, on loan from the nearby Atomic Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 1986.

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First atomic bomb test site: Site Trinity ground zero, the still radioactive piece of desert in the White Sands Missile Range was witness to the world's first nuclear explosion on August 6, 1945. Each year the site is open to the public for one day. An exorcism is performed by a Catholic Priest, here sprinkling holy water, as visitors to ground zero mill around an original Fat Man bomb casing, on loan from the nearby Atomic Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 1986.