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Hanford's B Reactor Celebrates 70 Years

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People celebrated the B Reactor's 70th Anniversary by taking public tours and hearing live music. People celebrated the B Reactor's 70th Anniversary by taking public tours and hearing live music.
RICHLAND, WA- Friday marked exactly 70 years since Hanford's B Reactor started up for the very first time.

Friday they celebrated the iconic landmark with public tours, historical tributes, and musical performances.  Nearly 250 people toured the reactor and learned about a big part of American history. 

The B Reactor was the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor and it produced plutonium used for the Trinity Test and the “Fat Man” bomb.

Organizers wanted people to know how important the structure is.

“This is where it all started.  It all started with bringing 50,000 people from all over the United States who had never met each other.  They had to build a town first and then they built the reactor.  It's an amazing feat when you think of what happened in 1943,” said Vice President of Hanford Programs Gary Petersen.

The B Reactor is currently a National Historic Landmark and they are working to make it a National Park.
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