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Published: Friday, July 25, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Museum gets deactivated nuclear bomb

  • Workers push a B53 nuclear bomb casing to its new home at the Freedom Museum USA in Pampa, Texas, on Wednesday.

    Jim McBride / The Amarillo Globe News

    Workers push a B53 nuclear bomb casing to its new home at the Freedom Museum USA in Pampa, Texas, on Wednesday.

PAMPA, Texas — A military museum in the Texas Panhandle has acquired part of an inactive nuclear bomb on hand during the Cold War.

Pantex Plant crews on Wednesday helped unload an empty B53 nuclear weapons case at the Freedom Museum USA in Pampa.

The last of the nation's biggest nuclear bombs was dismantled in October 2011 at the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, about 50 miles southwest of Pampa. The B53 weighed nearly 5 tons and was the size of a minivan.

Museum board president John Triplehorn says the item portrays U.S. history and the role played by the military.

The former bomb is on loan to Freedom Museum USA for two years.

Story tags » War -- historyU.S. Military

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