On the afternoon of March 11, 1958, Ella Hudson was nine years old and visiting her cousins' home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina. After an otherwise normal school day wrapped up, Ella had the bizarre pleasure of witnessing firsthand the United States Air Force accidentally drop a nuclear weapon — with its fissile material fortunately removed — on the woods near her cousins' house. Hudson spoke with io9 about that fateful day and how she thought the Cold War had heated up an hour outside of Myrtle Beach.
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