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THE ATOMIC BOMB The United States entered World War Two after the Japanese bombed Pear Harbor on December 7 1941 After four years of war and the death of hundreds of thousands of people across the world an end of the war was necessary In hopes of achieving this US President Harry Truman ordered the bombing of Japan with a secret weapon the little boy On August 6th 1945 US pilot Colonel Paul W Tibbets flying a B-29 named after his mother Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima Japan The devastation and destruction caused by the bombing has been the focus of many arguments over whether or not the United States should have dropped the atomic bomb but despite whether or not people support the bomb being dropped it was and thousands of Japanese died because of it At 815am on the morning of August 6 1945 Colonel Tibbets dropped the atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima missing his target by 800 feet At that instant the lives of Hiroshima citizens were changed The decisions made by most people of Hiroshima that morning resulted in their death or their survival The people of Hiroshima heard nothing but saw a bright bluish light and within seconds windows exploded An enormous mushroom cloud of black smoke rose over the city and a ball of flame seemed to be in its center For 80 percent of the people that lived within a radius of 1500 feet from the site of the blast death was either instantly or shortly followed the blast Most others suffered for weeks and some even months Most people in the city received burns from the second heat wave Fires sprung up all over the city in some places reaching as high as 3000-degrees Celsius Raw and festering red burns covered victims skin dangled from their bloated bodies and their hair was burned to a crisp Those that survived
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