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Los Alamos Offers Glimpse Into Early Cold-War Nuke Vault

Officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico have given the public a first look at the oldest-ever storage facility for nuclear-bomb material, the Albuquerque Journal reported on Wednesday.

The "Tunnel Vault" served as the nation's sole repository for the "pits, cores and components" of nuclear arms for about nine months following World War II. It then stored bomb-usable components until 2001, when officials emptied it out in reaction to a nearby wildfire.

The subterranean complex became a top-secret historical display in 2004 and remained classified until the United States acknowledged its existence last year.

Los Alamos last week released a YouTube video of the secured storage area to mark the 70th year since the laboratory's founding.

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