Nuclear Bomb Testing: Images From The First 30 Years Of Tests (PHOTOS)

05/06/2011 06:23 pm ET | Updated Jul 06, 2011

Since the first nuclear explosion in 1945 almost 2,000 nuclear tests have been performed.

While a large number of tests took place in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, according to the Atlantic, things died down in the 1990s as regulations began to restrict their use. A U.S. testing moratorium and a U.N. test ban treaty have gone further to limit these tests.

The nuclear tests were a sight to behold, and we've assembled some of the most historic images from 30 years of these tests, which claimed no lives directly.

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