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Florence, South Carolina: Atom Bomb Fragments Team Field Report

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) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free, donations welcomed.
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Display of Atomic bomb fragments.

Atom Bomb Fragments

In 1958, the U.S. Air Force accidentally dropped an atom bomb on South Carolina. Pieces of it are displayed in the Florence Museum. Report... [10/03/2010]

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Atom Bomb Drops headline.

Fragments of Atomic Bomb

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]
Fragments of Atomic Bomb dropped on Mars Bluff

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]
Fragments of Atomic Bomb dropped on Mars Bluff

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]
Fragments of Atomic Bomb dropped on Mars Bluff

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Confederate Tributes to the Pee DeeConfederate Tributes to the Pee Dee, Florence, SC - < 1 mi.
Grave of Woman Who Pretended to be a ManGrave of Woman Who Pretended to be a Man, Florence, SC - 1 mi.
Bomb Crater MarkerBomb Crater Marker, Florence, SC - 6 mi.
In the region:
Huey Cooper and His Lucky Rabbit's Foot, Lake City, SC - 22 mi.

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