JACSKON, NJ – If you follow Hawkin road south past the main entrance to the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management area, eventually to the right, you’ll see a fence as you travel deep into the reserve. That fence is the former BOMARC nuclear missile base and site of a devastating fire. Today, you can walk around the edge of the site, but it’s not advised that you actually enter the site, which is monitored by CCTV cameras.
“When the Soviet Union acquired nuclear weapons, the United States decided to field nuclear surface to air missiles to defend against Soviet bombers. Less than a year after being deployed, one of those missiles caught fire and exploded in rural New Jersey. The History Guy recalls a forgotten accident that occurred at the height of Cold War tensions,” said the History Guy.