That time the US dropped an Atomic bomb over South Carolina
We have all heard about the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb incidents. On August 6th and 9th of 1945, the USAF dropped "little boy" and "fat man" on the two Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nearly 150,000 people were killed in Hiroshima and almost 80,000 in Nagasaki. Plenty more people died of radiation and burns in the ensuing months. It was the only time the United States had dropped a bomb that powerful on an enemy, and hopefully, it remains that way. Wait a second, there was that one time the US Air Force accidentally dropped a Mk 6 nuclear weapon over Mars Bluff, South Carolina in 1958.
The bomb was loaded onto a Boeing B-47E-LM Stratojet at Hunter Air Force Base in Georgia. The plane was flying in the 375th Bombardment Squadron as part of Operation Snow Flurry. Operation Snow Flurry was an operation performed by the USAF to test mock bomb drops in case of a war time situation. Their objective was to collect data on the accuracy of the bomb droppings. Well, let me just say now that I think they got all the data they needed when one of the bombs dropped over a populated area in South Carolina. Thankfully the fissile core which is the part of the bomb that causes the fission nuclear reaction was not loaded into the bomb when it fell. However, the bomb did have its standard explosive load.
It is estimated that when the bomb hit the ground it created a 75ft wide crater. Trees were leveled, buildings were damaged and a playhouse was vanquished from the face of the Earth. Luckily only 8 people were injured and none died. The civilians that were injured received $448,000 in today's money when the sued the USAF.