Dayton Air Show Cancels Reenactment of Hiroshima Bombing, After Outrage

| by Michael Allen
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The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, killed between 60,000 and 80, 000 people instantly and had a final death toll (due to radiation) of 135,000, according to the BBC.

The Dayton Air Show in Dayton, Ohio planned to recreate the devastating bombing, but has now canceled it after protests, reports the Associated Press.

The June 22-23 event will still include its  "Great Wall of Fire" pyrotechnic show, but won't mention the bombing of Hiroshima, said Dayton Air Show spokeswoman Brenda Kerfoot.

Kerfoot also said that a B-29 plane, similar to the Enola Gay B-29 bomber, will still appear in the show.

"We've taken it as more of an educational show," Kerfoot said. "The wording that we used probably wasn't the best. We didn't want it to become a distraction to the overall quality of the show."

Local art curator Gabriela Pickett started an online petition against the Hiroshima recreation, reported The Dayton Daily News. About 200 people signed the petition in one day. Pickett also received a number of emails from Japanese-Americans upset about the air show's plans.

"I'm very pleased to hear that they are going to have two different events, and not the re-enacting," Picket said Thursday. "It would have been pretty much a celebration of dropping the bomb that killed hundreds of thousands of people. We are a city of peace."

University of Dayton associate professor Ron Katsuyama, who was born in a U.S. detention camp for Japanese-Americans, disputed the air show's claim that the atomic bomb ended up saving American lives.

Sources: BBC, Associated Press, The Dayton Daily News