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Hanford’s B Reactor celebrates 70 years via Komo News

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) – Hanford’s B Reactor celebrated its 70th anniversary this week with public tours and live music.

Friday marked 70 years since the reactor was started up for the first time.


The B Reactor was the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor and it produced plutonium used for nuclear bombs.

The military project during World War II brought 50,000 to the area, who built the town of Richland.

The B Reactor is currently a National Historic Landmark.

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