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Thousands visit Trinity on anniversary of bomb explosion

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of visitors converged Saturday on the New Mexico site where the first nuclear bomb was detonated nearly 70 years ago.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports White Sands Missile Range officials say more than 5,500 people attended the first of two tours being offered at the Trinity Site this year.

Visitors came from all over the U.S. and included several documentary crews.

Many attendees posed for pictures near an obelisk marking the exact location where the bomb went off.

In July 1945, Los Alamos scientists successfully exploded the first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site, located near Alamogordo.

Meanwhile, protesters held signs in Tularosa as tourists caught a caravan heading to the site.

Demonstrators say families living near the test site went on to suffer health problems.