London: Bottles and cans are largely unaffected by radiation and items like beer and soft drinks are still drinkable if an atomic bomb went off nearby, a US government study has found.
The experiment was conducted as part of Operation Teapot, a sequence of nuclear weapons assessments by the US Military in 1950s, the Daily Mail reported. Documentation of the 1957 experiment has now been made available by science historian Alex Wellerstein, who runs the blog ‘Restricted Data’.
The study ruled that the containers housing soft drinks and beer would be ‘okay’ for consumption in the event of a nuclear explosion.
The cans and bottles were set up in three positions ranging from 0.3 kilometres to 1.6 kilometres away from ‘ground zero’ of the atomic blast.
The study found that the drinks were mostly unaffected by the radiation – except for the few bottles that were shattered by the force of the bomb blast.
There was however, a question of a taste in the beer. Some flavour change was found in the beverages, more in beer than in soft drinks. Drinks placed more than 1,270 feet away from ground zero showed no change in their consistency or taste. They also retained their airtight carbonation.