Trinity Site draws thousands of visitors, some protesters

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (AP) – Thousands of visitors from around the nation recently visited the spot of the world’s first atomic test during a special one-day opening of the Trinity Testing site.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports visitors to the Trinity Testing site were greeted by a small group of protesters Saturday who say the secret atomic blast in the New Mexico desert 70 years ago caused lasting health problems.

July marked the 70th year anniversary since the Trinity Test in New Mexico took place as part of the Manhattan Project, a top-secret World War II nuclear development program out of the then-secret city of Los Alamos. It came as nearby Tularosa residents now say they were permanently affected by the test and want acknowledgement and compensation from the U.S. government.

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