The Irish Sea

The Irish Sea

In 1957 as part of the UK’s biological weapons program called the ‘Large Area Coverage Trials’, 300 pounds of Zinc cadmium sulfide was sprayed over a 300-mile line over the Irish Sea with samples taken at meteorological stations in England and Wales.
The trials used aircraft to spray these fluorescent tracer particles to simulate a biological agent cloud attack. Even then it was known that this chemical mix was known to cause cancer.
According to a the official report on the trials by the Offensive Evaluation Committee in Porton Down, “if the samplers gave a true picture,” then 28 million people would have received a dose of the biological weapon.
*Photograph taken from the Holyhead-Dublin Port ferry, at the approximate geographical centre of the Irish Sea, looking east.


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