Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | February 13, 2023

What If?

The Chinese Spy Balloon Had Carried one or More Hydrogen Bombs?

A balloon flies in the sky over Billings, Montana, US, February 1, 2023 in this picture obtained from social media. (Chase Doak/via Reuters) The Indian Express, February 6, 2023

There has been a lot of angry dialog between China and the United States about the purpose of the balloon that recently drifted over the United States. Those charged with the safety of the people of the United States had absolutely no idea what the payload that balloon was carrying might actually be!

Numerous articles have appeared expressing concern this may have been a trial run for a future EMP attack on the USA, I have listed two below;

Dry run: Balloons called top ‘delivery platform’ for nuclear EMP attack

Washington Examiner

Expert: Chinese Balloon Could Be Dry Run to Deliver Nuclear EMP Device


I have found it rather fascinating to note this possibility has not been referenced by our government representatives; it would appear this should be considered a significant possibility and worthy of a proper response from our government!

If this thought occurred to me and others, it certainly should have occurred to those charged with our national defense!

At 60,000 feet, the balloon was much lower than the typical altitude referenced in most articles on the dangers of an EMP. The balloon had an altitude of around 11 miles while the optimal altitude for an EMP would be between 20 and 200 miles (1,056,000 feet) above the surface of the earth.

I’m confident the Chinese have the necessary technology to use the payload as a launch pad for one or more small rockets capable of lifting hydrogen bombs to the 200 mile altitude.

“Starfish Prime”

NPR published an article on July 1, 2010 on the detonation in space of a hydrogen bomb.

“The Americans launched their first atomic nuclear tests above the Earth’s atmosphere in 1958. Atom bombs had little effect on the magnetosphere, but the hydrogen bomb of July 9, 1962, did. Code-named “Starfish Prime” by the military, it literally created an artificial extension of the Van Allen belts that could be seen across the Pacific Ocean, from Hawaii to New Zealand.”

A Very Scary Light Show: Exploding H-Bombs In Space

July 1, 2010 4:01 PM ET

Heard on All Things Considered

Robert Krulwich

Hydrogen bomb blast 250 miles into space over the Pacific Ocean, July 9, 1962 from NPR

View from Hawaii

From ThoughtCo by Anne Marie Helmenstine

All of the light seen in the photos above are from the explosion of the 1.4 megaton H-bomb. The test was at an altitude of 250 miles, around 20 miles southwest of Hawaii, at around 2 AM.

Johnston Island, the launch site, is a small atoll owned by the United States, and is located around 825 miles southwest of Honolulu. The EMP damaged electrical systems in Hawaii.

More information on an EMP is available here:

Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) – What You Need to Know

By August Neverman, August 23, 2022, “Common Sense Home”

It certainly appears to have been a dereliction of duty to have failed to shoot down the balloon as soon as it entered the air space of the United States. In light of the potential dangers involved, let us hope our government exercises greater caution next time.

An EMP over the United States, at an optimal altitude, would devastate this country and return it to 19th century living conditions for an extended period of time! Small wonder the United States doesn’t appear in Bible prophecy!


  1. It’s shameful that our government didn’t shoot down the balloon the minute they were aware of it, which would have been well over the Pacific.

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    • Could it be our defense of our southern border sets the standard for other aspects of our national defense?


      • Yes, that’s a good point.

        Liked by 1 person

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