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Incident at Mars Bluff



“Incident at Mars Bluff” explores how the world’s most technologically advanced air power came to drop a three-ton nuclear device on a small town in South Carolina. Interviews with the surviving members of the Gregg family will reveal how the incident affected them then and to this day. Additional interviews with surviving crewmembers, Air Force personnel, Mars Bluff residents and Cold War historians will shed light on the incident and provide local, national and international perspectives on the world’s first nuclear blunder.

Excitement at Mars Bluff over the atomic bomb died out almost as quickly as it had started, and the incident faded into an obscure corner of history. Few people outside the tiny village are even aware that it took place. Things would surely be different if the device’s nuclear core had actually detonated. Fortunately, regulations dictated that it be stored separately from the delivery mechanism except in times of war. However, for a few short days in March of 1958, Mars Bluff, South Carolina and the Gregg family became embroiled in the dramatic game of nuclear brinksmanship being played out by the world’s two super powers, a period of history that continues to influence world events to this day. This Emmy award winning program was produced, written and directed by Matt Burrows, one of our newest members of the Carolina Stories documentary producing team.

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