Nuclear Bomb Buried In East For 50 Years

By: Michael Baldwin
By: Michael Baldwin

There is a nuclear bomb buried in the east, and it's been there for almost 50 years.

Crews at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Wayne County spent months looking for it then just gave up.

Although there is very little chance of the Atomic Bomb Core going off, the fact of the matter is it's still there.

Randy Sauls is a Wayne County historian. He says a B-52 Bomber from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was doing an airborne alert mission. Training exercises with real live nuclear bombs. The B-52G had a structural failure of its right wing after a leak in a fuel cell. Published reports say the plane came crashing to the ground from 10 thousand feet. Three airmen died while 5 escaped with their lives.

The air force searched for the bomb for about six months. When they couldn't locate it they put an easement on the land. The state of North Carolina according to Randy Sauls comes out every so often and test the ground water to check for radiation.

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  • by To Sam on Jul 15, 2009 at 02:45 AM
    It actually is "Don't give up, don't ever give up".
  • by Ron Location: Evans on Jul 14, 2009 at 05:02 PM
    I seem to remember something about this when I was stationed at Camp LeJeune in the 1960's. All hush-hush then.
  • by Dee Location: ENC on Jul 14, 2009 at 09:23 AM
    The site of this bomb is near my house. It's a pretty big story to us country folks. To my understanding, not only is the bomb buried, but the equipment that the gov't use to try and extract it is all in one big hole and covered with dirt. Many of the older folks that remember this happening could probably walk you right to the spot. Maybe SJAFB should enlist these old timers to find it for them. It's just a neat piece if history for us out here.
  • by Melody Location: NC on Jul 12, 2009 at 07:16 PM
    First of all think the picture is the wrong picture the MK39 was a trashcan style with fins
  • by Key Location: Goldsboro on Jul 11, 2009 at 10:16 PM
    Plane went down in a Swamp area in the Eureka area of Wayne Co. Military lost equipment in the swamp trying to recover bomb. If the Military could not get it out of the Swamp - guess they figured no-one else could !
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Jul 10, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    Should I be worried because I glow green in the dark?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    Maybe it's sitting in some 75 year old farmer's barn. Maybe he knew that one day there would be a market for a contraption like that.
  • by AB Location: GV on Jul 10, 2009 at 09:48 AM
    WRAL did an update on this story about 2 months ago...but this happened years and years ago!!!
  • by Sam Location: Over Yonder on Jul 10, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    To Mike of Edenton, if you are right, then it will be time to exterminate the terrorists. To MrT, scary story right there! Well I say keep trying and follow Jimmy V's motto, "Never Give Up, Never Ever Give Up".
  • by Rush Location: NC on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    There's also a lost atomic bomb off Tybee Island, near Savannah.
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