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US Military Tweets, Deletes Odd New Year's Eve Message

US Strategic Command appeared to drop a bomb threat
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2019 5:00 AM CST
A Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber flies over the Melbourne Air & Space Show at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Melbourne, Fla.   (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP)

(Newser) – US Strategic Command had an odd New Year's Eve greeting for the world, tweeting Monday, "#TimesSquare tradition rings in the #NewYear by dropping the big ball...if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger." Drop what, exactly? Apparently a bomb, as the tweet was accompanied by a video showing B-2 bombers dropping 30,000-pound "bunker buster" bombs. Though Strategic Command is the military force that controls nuclear weapon launches, the weapons shown in the video are conventional. Still, at least one congressman told CNN the tweet was "tacky," and it was later deleted; Strategic Command ultimately tweeted an apology and said the previous message "was in poor taste." (Here's a New Year's Eve story involving confetti.)

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