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


    Liked by 1 person

  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.


Questions? Comments? Let's talk...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: