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Tybee Island GA

Tybee Island's tranquil Margarita'ville style atmosphere and miles of sandy beaches attract millions visitors each year. Located at the top of Georgia's small, but beautiful Atlantic coastline. Home to about 3500 permanent residents, mail is picked up the at the local Post Office as well as permanent parking stickers for verifiable residents, utility bill please. In other words, parking meters everywhere. But a dip off of Tybee's beaches, or just watching the sunset are all well worth the dollar an hour street parking.

Twenty miles to the west, thru a series of bridges and marsh lined causeways, you'll find Historic Savannah Georgia. Savannah is Georgia's First City and one of Americas most picturesque. Being spared from the destruction of the Civil war, Savannah is commonly referred to as the Jewel of the South. Hosting the largest number of registered historic building in the United States. About twenty miles to the north of Tybee, as the gull fly's, is the exclusive resort community of Hilton Head Island, SC. In comparison to the ritzy Hilton Head, Tybee's casually comfortable demur has earned it it's nickname of the Redneck Rivera, or a "Mayberry on margaritas".

But Tybee has more than one secret, and a quick internet search on Wikipedia tells of a more infamous place.
"Tybee Island may be best known outside of Georgia as the home of the Tybee Bomb, a nuclear weapon that was lost offshore on February 5, 1958." Wikipedia/tybee island 

In the wisdom of the time, the decision to leave the 7600 pond bomb lost and buried the muck of Wassaw Sound, just a few miles south of Tybee Island. This is a M-15 Hydrogen bomb, with a yield of up to 3.9 megatons. For size comparison, the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan, Fat man and Little John, in world war two, were equivalent to a total 34 kilotons, kilotons of TNT, initial historical estimates gave them an initial combined killing power of approximately 230,000 people. And a potentially dangerous radio active shelf life in the "thousands" of years. The Edsel wasn't a very good idea either.

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