The day the U.S. dropped the A-Bomb - on Mars Bluff, South Carolina

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Also includes the tragic tale of another nuclear weapon which plunged to earth at 700 mph. On North Carolina.

    Boy, they got lucky: The incredible story of how the U.S. Air Force accidentally
    dropped a nuclear weapon on to a little girl's playhouse in 1958… in South Carolina
    (Daily Mail)
    much more - about the deaths, damage, and injuries resulting from the two incidents, and with pictures, at link above
     
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  3. lonetraveler

    lonetraveler New Member

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    I was nine years old and lived a couple of miles from the site of the bomb that fell near Goldsboro, NC. As far as I know the missing piece of bomb is still underground. Scary situation at the time.
     
  4. legalmania

    legalmania Verified Paralegal

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    Do you glow in the dark? I wonder if there have been any reports on radiation poisoning. I can imagine you must have had a few nightmares.
     
  5. shadowangel

    shadowangel Black cats consider me unlucky.

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    Early 1958 must have been a bad time for the Carolinas... Not only did this incident occur near Mars Bluff, but another B-47 jettisoned a Mark 15 atomic bomb just off the shores of Tybee Island after colliding with an F-86 fighter jet. That particular bomb is still out there, under the sand.

    Then, as mentioned in the article, in 1961 a B-52 came apart in mid-air over Goldsboro SC, losing two atomic warheads. One was recovered; the fissionable material of the other is still under the ground there...Somewhere...

    I've seen it reported that there are, at a minimum, 11 nuclear devices unaccounted for worldwide (due to accidents, crashes, etc).

    And that's just US-owned nuclear devices.
     
  6. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Yes, I remember when the news bulletin came on about this and the relief that only the bomb's trigger went off.

    If I recall, there were something like 3 bombs accidentally dropped in the Mediterranean. I'm not sure if all were recovered.

    Also, wasn't there an intentional underground nuclear test that was conducted somewhere in the Southeast US back in this era?
     
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    shadowangel Black cats consider me unlucky.

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    In 1956, a nuclear-armed B-47 was lost over the Med Sea; neither the plane's wreckage or the nulcear cores were ever recovered. In 1957, a C-124 cargo plane jettisoned two of its three atomic weapons over the North Atlantic when the crew thought the plane was about to crash (it didnt).

    The west coast wasn't immune, either. In 1950 the crew of a B-36 bomber jettisoned an atomic bomb off the coast of British Columbia when the plane lost power and was subsequently abandoned in-flight.
     

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