The days of the Cold War are long gone, the stories and events that came with it are anything but.

At 3:53 P.M on Tuesday, March 11, 1958, A Gentleman by the name of Walter Gregg and his family were rocked by a massive blast coming from behind their home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina. After accounting for his family, who amazingly suffered only light injuries, Mr. Gregg was curious as to what may have caused such a powerful blast that seemingly ripped apart his home.
┬áTo Mr. Gregg’s surprise, and i’m sure to many others, the explosion was in fact caused by a nuclear bomb named the “Mark VI”.
The Mark VI Nuclear Bomb: Credit

The Mark VI Nuclear Bomb: Credit

Luckily for the Gregg’s and anyone living within close proximity, The Mark VI nuclear bomb was designed as a capsule bomb so that it’s nuclear core was always separated from the actual bomb. This safety precaution is largely why the explosion triggered by the accidental drop only exploded the TNT and didn’t release any nuclear materials.

The planes responsible for carrying the pay load, were a group of four B-47E Bombers that had taken off from Hunter Air Force Base in Savannah Georgia in route to England. Shortly after takeoff, the co-pilot of the 3rd B-47 pulled a level that was meant to engage a locking pin in the plane’s bomb harness, in turn keeping the bomb extra secure for the duration of the flight. Upon realizing that there was a mechanical error, flight mechanic Bruce Kulka was sent back to inspect the issue.

Attempting to pull himself on top of the bomb to inspect it’s harness, Kulka mistakenly grabbed the bombs emergency release mechanism sending both Bruce and the bomb down onto the plane’s bomb bay doors. With the combined weight of both the bomb and man, the doors released and the MK-6 fell into a free fall. Luckily for Mr. Kulka, he was able to grab hold of something before he too took the 15,000 foot plunge.

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