Somewhere beneath the shallow waters near Tybee Island, 12 miles east of Savannah, lies a 7,600 pound unexploded nuclear bomb that was dropped by a crippled Air Force plane in 1958. It’s lost somewhere in Wassaw Sound, the place where the 1996 Olympic sailing competition was held.
The Air Force says the bomb isn’t dangerous, because it’s missing the plutonium capsule needed to cause a nuclearexplosion, although it still contains radioactive uranium and has the explosive power of 400 pounds of TNT. “The bomboff the coast of Savannah is not capable of a nuclear explosion,” said Major Cheryl Law, an Air Force spokesperson. As for the uranium inside the bomb, “to have that hurt you, you would actually have to ingest it.”