Florence, South Carolina: Atom Bomb Fragments
Florence County Museum
- 111 W. Cheves St., Florence, SC
- Florence County Museum. Downtown. On the northwest corner of W. Cheves and S. Dargan Sts, which is one block north and east of the intersection of US Hwy 76/W. Palmetto St. and US Hwy 52/S. Irby St. The fragments are displayed in the history gallery, second floor, east wing.
- T-Sa 10-5, Su 2-5 (Call to verify)
- Free, donations welcomed.
In 1958, the U.S. Air Force accidentally dropped an atom bomb on 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]