Atomic bomb site to open

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By Associated Press

The public is invited Saturday to visit the New Mexico desert site that changed world history.

The Trinity Site at White Sands Missile Range, where the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, will be open to the public from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Visitors can take a quarter-mile walk to ground zero. There, they will see a small obelisk that marks the exact spot where the bomb was exploded at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945.

Historical photos will be mounted on the fence surrounding the area.

Officials say Trinity Site visitors can also ride a missile range shuttle bus two miles to the Schmidt/McDonald ranch house. That’s the location where scientists assembled the plutonium core of the bomb.

There is no admission charge.