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I just love living near Sandia National Labs and Kirtland Air Force Base. This was posted over on the Albuquerque Journal website today, listed under "That Boom You Just Heard"

That boom echoing over ABQ was some sort of super-secret test at Sandia Labs. We can't tell you what they're blowing up, because they won't tell us. It's all a secret. But you can't keep noise and smoke a secret, so Sandia will tell us that they're periodically blowing up something until around 9 p.m., and you might hear booms across Albuquerque, and you might see smoke.

Living here in Albuquerque my whole life, I have heard more sonic-booms and crap getting exploded then a lot of people hear in a life time. I must say that having our airport share active runways with the Air Force Base is really kinda cool, as you get to see some cool shit take off when you are waiting for your plane.

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john1082
Jul. 26th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
Neat stuff at Kirtland
claystorm
Jul. 27th, 2008 07:24 am (UTC)
I agree. We have the National Atomic Museum here, which is a really cool place to visit.

I do miss their old building on base, cus it was an old hanger they converted, so it really looked the part too. But after 9/11, they made it super hard to get on base (my father works out on KAFB, and I have to have a special pass just to get on base).

They are also changing the name to the "National Museum of Nuclear Science and History", but I still like "National Atomic Museum" name much better.
haguelovesyou
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:01 am (UTC)
I live near Lakehurst Naval Air Base, so I get my fair share of exploding things, usually on Saturdays. I also get the ever so fun air raid siren every so often.
claystorm
Jul. 27th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC)
LOL. Ya, there is nothing like a sonic boom or explosion to wake you up on a Saturday morning.

We do not get the sonic booms like we used to, cus Albuquerque got too big and people started to get pissed that their houses were getting knocked off the foundataions. lol.
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