Florence County Museum remembers 66th anniversary of atomic bomb’s accidental landing in Mars Bluff

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — At the moment is the 66th anniversary of when an atomic bomb was by chance dropped within the Mars Bluff space.

Based on a launch by the Florence County Museum, it’s known as the Mars Bluff A-bomb, and it was dropped on March 11, 1958, when a gaggle of 4 B-47E planes took off from Hunter Air Power Base in Savannah, Georgia in path to England.


Shortly after takeoff, the co-pilot of the third B-47E aircraft pulled a lever to interact a locking pin within the aircraft’s bomb harness that ensured the bomb was safe in the course of the flight, in response to the discharge.

The co-pilot reported {that a} gentle was on, indicating the locking pin of the bomb harness didn’t have interaction. The pilot despatched flight navigator, Bruce Kulka to examine the issue and repair it, the discharge mentioned.

Kulka was a brief man and tried to tug himself up on prime of the bomb to examine its locking harness. In his try, Kulka by chance grabbed the bomb’s emergency launch mechanism which launched the bomb, the discharge mentioned.

When the bomb met the earth, it dropped close to the house of Walter “Invoice” Gregg, which is 6.5 miles east of Florence in Mars Bluff, the discharge mentioned.

The impression immediately created a 50×70-foot crater that was 25 to 30 toes deep. The bomb’s detonation leveled close by pine timber and nearly destroyed the Gregg residence, shifting the home off of its basis, the discharge mentioned.

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Taylor Ford is a digital journalist for News13. She joined the News13 group in January 2023. Taylor is a Florence native and covers the Pee Dee out of News13’s Florence Bureau. Learn extra of Taylor’s work right here.

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