How Do You Test Nuclear Waste Safety? Crash A Rocket Truck Into A Wall

How does one test the strength of a nuclear waste shipping container, exactly? It’s simple: crash a rocket truck into a wall at 84 miles per hour. That or drive a train into it.

At least, that’s how the Department of Energy did it back in ‘77 and ‘78, as this test video turned up by BangShift notes:

The DOE also held the container over a pool of burning jet fuel to test heat resistance, which the container soundly survived.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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Ash78, voting early and often

I'm not gonna pretend to know what engineers were thinking, but at some point, the answer to "How do we get a truck to go 84mph?" was presented as "Simple, we'll just strap a rocket to the back."