What is Trinitite?
Trinitite, also known as atomsite or Alamogordo glass, is the glassy residue left on the desert floor after the plutonium-based Trinity nuclear bomb test on July 16, 1945, near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Since the early 50s it has been illegal to remove anything from the Trinity site.
The Trinitite shown and sold on this site is from a group of Trinitite collected by Dr. Pray right before the site was bulldozed over.
See Dr. Ralph Pray's account of removing Trinitite from the site: http://www.mine-engineer.com/mining/trinity.htm
A Little History
At 5:29 on July 16, 1945 in a remote area of the New Mexican valley (now known at the Trinity Site) the very first atomic bomb was detonated. From that point on warfare or the threat of warfare would never be the same.
The explosion produced a blast equivalent to 18000 tons of TNT. This, in turn singed the land surrounding glazing it to a light olive green, glass-like substance where the sand had melted and solidified again (Trinitite). Trinitite is nearly pure melted silica with traces of Olivine, Feldspar, and other minerals which comprise the desert sand.
In 1952, the site of the explosion was bulldozed over and the remaining trinitite was buried in 55-gallon drums near Los Alamos. On December 21, 1965, the 51,500-acre area Trinity Site was declared a National Historic Landmark district. Then on October 15, 1966 the Trinity site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Is it Legal? Is it Safe?
It is perfectly legal to own Trinitite. You may display it and handle it safely. Do not break the Trinitite into smaller pieces for it may release dust or small particles. Do not eat or inhale the Trinitite. It is also advisable to keep Trinitite away from children or pets for fear that they might ingest it. Wash your hands after handling. With proper handling Trinitite is completely safe.
Here is a detailed analysis of Trinitite: