In January of 1961, as a result of a mechanical malfunction, a B-52 bomber operated by the United States Air Force dropped two nuclear bombs on the small town of Eureka, North Carolina. The bomb’s payload was not detonated and no civilians were harmed as a result of the accident, but tragically, three service members died while trying to prevent the crash and its potential deadly consequences for thousands of families in the area. A historic marker was erected near the crash site by the North Carolina Office of Archives and History in 2012. The marker stands to remind the public of this and several other potential disasters that were narrowly averted during the Cold War.