Since 1950, there have been 32 nuclear weapon accidents, known as "Broken Arrows."
A Broken Arrow is defined as an unexpected event involving nuclear weapons that result
in the accidental launching, firing, detonating, theft or loss of the weapon. To date,
six nuclear weapons have been lost and never recovered.Now, recently declassified
documents reveal the history and secrecy surrounding the events known as "Broken Arrows".
There have been 32 nuclear weapon accidents since 1950. Six of these nuclear weapons
have been lost and never recovered. What does this say about our defense system? What
does this mean to our threatened environment? What do we do to rectify these monumental
Atomic Bomb hits South Carolina
March 11, 1958 Florence South Carolina
On March 11, 1958, at 3:52 P.M. (EST), a B-47E departed Hunter AFB, Georgia, as number
three aircraft in a flight of four en route to an overseas base. After level off at 15,000
feet, the aircraft accidentally jettisoned an unarmed nuclear weapon which impacted on a
sparsely populated area approximately 6 miles from Florence, South Carolina. The Bomb's
high explosive material exploded on impact. The explosion caused property damage and
several injuries on the ground.