Pecos Fence

Wood Fence in the Atomic Age

If you’ve ever wondered how best to protect your wood fence in the event of an extremely local atomic bomb detonation, you’ve come to the right place.

With the ever looming possibility of nuclear war hanging over us like the sword of Damocles , the punctilious homeowner must be prepared.

You may ask, “Is it even possible to protect a wooden fence against an atomic blast?”

The answer is, “I guess..?” , but don’t take my word for it. I brought a source! Ladies and Gentleman, I give you The National Clean Up – Paint Up – Fix Up Bureau (TNCUPUFUB for short)

The following story is true, the pictures real..

This organization partnered with The Federal Civil Defense Administration in 1953 to produce a film called “The House in the Middle”.

The House in the Middle is the title of two American documentary film shorts (13 minutes), respectively from 1953 and 1954, which showed the effects of a nuclear bomb test on a set of three small houses.

The black-and-white 1953 film was created by the Federal Civil Defense Administration to attempt to show that a clean, freshly painted house, and neat tidy fence line is more likely to survive a nuclear attack than its poorly maintained counterparts.

Thank goodness for these guys.

A mind-bending stress test of epic proportions.

As you see in these stills taken from the film, 5 fences were put up in the middle of the desert. The 3 fences in the middle were lined with trash, weeds, and various other debris. The outside 2 were kept clean and neat. A master class in simulation.

Of the 5 fences, the 3 in the middle were lined with trash, and made of rotting , old wood.

Let’s take a look and see how the fences fared, and be sure to keep in mind the conditions of your current fence..

Here, the white hot flash engulfs the fences.
Followed by the blast wave! These fences are really feeling the heat now!
Flames begin to erupt on the 3 center fences.
Look at that damage!

You can see it for yourself folks, these 3 center fences did not fair well. While the 2 outside fences appear to be much better off. You know, after the nuclear bomb detonation..

So in closing, according to the The National Clean Up – Paint Up – Fix Up Bureau & your U.S Government, a neat fence line, in conjunction with routine painting, will help your fence in the event of a nuclear detonation.

Keep all this in mind, and go add fence detail to your spring cleaning list. And see one of our other articles about fence maintenance here >> 3 Tips For A Longer Lasting Fence