March 11, 1958 — A bomb lock failed on a B-47 bomber—out of Hunter AFB in Savannah, Georgia—and dropped a nuclear bomb from an altitude of 15,000 feet on the suburban neighborhood of Florence, South Carolina. The bomb’s high explosives exploded on impact, wrecking a house and injuring several people on the ground. The extent of radioactive contamination was never revealed.

  6 comments for “This Day in History

  1. March 11, 2018 at 10:36 PM


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  2. March 11, 2018 at 11:01 AM




  3. alstacer
    March 11, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    We moved to Hunter AFB the next year 1959 – Dad was flying KC-97’s the prop refuelers when Hunter was a SAC base. I never heard of that incident, but a lot of info was on a need to know basis and at 11, guess I didn’t need to know. Thanks for sharing.


    • March 11, 2018 at 2:25 PM

      Thanks for the update, Al. You didn’t glow at night when we saw you a few years ago, so I guess what you didn’t know then, didn’t hurt you now.


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