Florence, South Carolina: Atom Bomb Fragments
Florence Museum of Art, Science, and History
- 558 Spruce St., Florence, SC
- At the Florence Museum of Art, Science, and History. I-95 exit 160A. Drive east on I-20 (which immediately turns into a surface road) for two miles. Turn left onto Palmetto St./US 76. Drive two miles. At the corner of an NBSC Bank (on right) and Sherwin Williams (on left) turn right onto Graham St. Drive three blocks; the driveway to museum is straight ahead.
- Tu-Sa 10 am - 5 pm, Su 2-5 pm. (Call to verify)
- $1, Free to Members.
In 1958, the U.S. Air Force accidentally dropped an atom bomb in South Carolina. Pieces of it are displayed in the Florence Museum. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [10/03/2010]
Visitor Tips and News About Atom Bomb Fragments
The fragments from the bomb are still on display. The are at a very nice little museum a bit off the beaten path. It is well worth the $1 admission![Jimerado, 05/26/2010]
The fragments [from the atomic bomb accidentally dropped on Mars Bluff] are now displayed in the Florence Museum in the City of Florence. There are several fragments and newspaper articles for viewing.[Lloyd Mitchell, 09/10/2007]
The old Florence Air and Space Museum, which had the display on the Mars Bluff accidental atomic bombing incident is no more. It was leveled to make way for an airport expansion about five years ago. Recently a member of the family that owned the Mars Bluff property had some fragments from the bomb's casing for sale on EBay, but the offer was pulled w/o explanation before anybody could buy them.[Mike Kozlowski, 07/10/2005]
The Florence Air and Missile Museum closed two years ago so that the airport could expand. The museum was offered a new site for the aircraft, but could not afford the cost of moving them. Many of the smaller aircraft have been donated to other museums (most notably one in Charlotte, NC), but some are being scrapped in place.[Jodie Peeler, 10/25/1999]