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A 26-kiloton Mark 6 bomb is even more powerful than the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

In the history of terrible mistakes, accidentally dropping a nuclear bomb on your own country has to rank pretty damn high. That’s exactly what happened when a really, really stupid accident resulted in America tossing an atom bomb on rural South Carolina.

On March 11, 1958, an Air Force B-47 Stratojet was making its way to the United Kingdom from the Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah, Georgia. It was sent out with the intention of helping out in Operation Snow Flurry, but it never made it.

As the plane was cruising over South Carolina, the pilots noticed that a fault light in the cockpit was indicating a problem with the locking pin on the bomb harnesses in the cargo bay. You see, back then, the plane was required to carry nuclear weapons at all times just in case a war broke out with the Soviet Union. The nuclear bomb in question was as 26-kiloton Mark 6, even more powerful than the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Great idea, right?

Written by GREG NEWKIRK, ROADTRIPPERS
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