Frome, Somerset

Frome, Somerset

‘The Fluorescent Particle Trials’ were a series of tests carried out by scientists from Porton Down between 1955 and 1963. They were designed to help the Ministry of Defense assess Britain’s vulnerability if the Russian were to have released clouds of deadly germs over the country. In one of these trials zinc cadmium sulphide was towed along a road near Frome in Somerset where it spewed the chemical for an hour
While the Government has insisted the chemical is safe, cadmium is recognised as a cause of lung cancer and during the Second World War was considered by the Allies as a chemical weapon.


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