Creepy photos show a fake 1950s city filled with mannequins to test nuclear bombs

Upon entering the unprecedented atomic age with the successful testing of the most powerful weapon known to man, the world lived in paranoia.

In order to better understand the blast and thermal effects of a nuclear bomb, the US dropped a 16 kiloton nuclear bomb on a fake town in the middle of the Nevada desert.

The mission, dubbed “Operation Doorstep,” was used to determine if wooden-framed homes, cars, and mannequins (in place of people) could survive a nuclear blast.

Below are the haunting images from the March 17, 1953, test from the US Department of Energy Digital archive.

Here is one of the cars positioned in the blast site.

Complete with passengers straight out of a 1950s department store.

To simulate a real attack, this group of mannequins is positioned on the ground floor by a window, like an unaware family would be.

Others family m were in more secure structures, like this group in a wooden structure of a basement.

Here's another shot of the structure.

This group of mannequins is hiding under the stairs in a basement, likely to test if this was an effective strategy.

This is the aftermath of the blast. The mannequins inside have been knocked around, and would have been exposed to potentially deadly levels of radiation.

The blinds were knocked straight out of the windows.

Lampshades are displaced. A mannequin's torso is missing. These people would not have fared well.

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In this photo, a technician with safety gear comes in to view the damage after the blast.

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