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Military apologizes for New Year's Eve tweet about dropping bombs

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 01, 2019

U.S. Strategic Command is apologizing for what it called a distasteful tweet made Monday night.

The now-deleted Twitter post mentioned the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square, saying, "...if ever needed, we are #ready to drop something much, much bigger."

The tweet, which was meant to be part of Strategic Command's year in review, also included a video of B-2 bombers dropping warheads that exploded when they hit the ground at a test range. According to a spokeswoman for the unified military force, the bombs were conventional Massive Ordnance Penetrators — large non-nuclear bombs that can be used to penetrate underground facilities.

Strategic Command is responsible for the nation's nuclear operations and missile defense, among other things.

In its apology , Strategic Command said its New Year's Eve tweet "was in poor taste and does not reflect our values."

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN .