The (Accidental) Nuclear Attack on South Carolina

The serene Southern community of Florence, South Carolina is like most others – tree-lined streets that hang over a historic downtown. Yet, Florence is note-worthy for another reason. This tranquil city about 80 miles east of Columbia is the only place on American soil that has suffered from the dropping of a nuclear bomb.

In this episode, The SouthernWay’s Darrell Lee travels to Florence to find the crater left behind by this nuclear accident. It takes a little detective work, but Darrell finally finds the bomb site deep in the middle of the woods near Florence.

As always, this episode features music created by Darrell Lee that is available for purchase via digital download.

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Prepare to Explore South Carolina

South Carolina is often called the Palmetto State, a nod to the role the wood of the palmetto tree played in battles with the British army during the American Revolutionary War. During the battle for Sullivan’s Island, clever South Carolinians built a fort using wood from the palmetto tree. When the British fired cannons at the fort, the soft palmetto wood simply absorbed the on-coming cannonballs. Perhaps that spirit led to the selection of the state’s official motto, “Dum Spiro Spero” or “While I breathe, I hope.”

At, we plan to explore the people of this great state and bring you their interesting stories. From the capital of Columbia, to the state’s highest point atop Sassafras Mountain, South Carolina and its people have much to offer.

We’re looking for suggestions about the unique elements of life in South Carolina. Have an idea? Send us a message with your suggestion. Your idea just might be the inspiration for a future episode on