Photograph captured within .2 seconds of statue collapse on 27 May 1991

By The Dawn's Early Light

On May 27, 1991, at 9:53 pm, a dirty bomb composed of 600 pounds of C-4, 225 pounds of dynamite, and 475 pounds of liquid polonium alloy exploded in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, causing the statue to collapse in another explosion triggered by the spilled alloy.

The incident became the worst in American history, caused by a group of Christian 'martyrs' who believed the statue represented Satan. The City of New York declared a state of emergency and set up a radiation quarantine zone, stretching from Williamsburg in Brooklyn to Chelsea in Manhattan and Bayonne, New Jersey. The blast was so powerful, people as far north as Manchester, New Hamsphire and as far south as Richmond, Virginia, were disturbed by what they thought was an earthquake. The blast measured a 5.9 on the Richeter scale.

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