WWII-era bomb discovered at Florida airport triggers emergency response

WWII-era bomb discovered at Florida airport triggers emergency response
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7:23 AM EST, February 8, 2024

On Tuesday, February 6, an evacuation took place at Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport due to a dangerous discovery. During construction, a 1,000-pound World War II bomb was found underground near the facility.

Construction work on the future Wilton Simpson Technical College is currently underway near the airport. As County Sheriff Hernando Al Nienhuis informed on Facebook. During an ordinary day at work, workers dug up a 1000-pound Mark 65 bomb, which was used by American military bombers during World War II.

"We received a call a little bit before 3 p.m. this afternoon. That call came from a construction company. [...] They found what was believed to be a WWII-era 1,000-pound bomb. It was so rusted and decayed there was certainly no way of telling whether it is live ammunition or inert, so we have contacted Citrus County Bomb Squad..." - said the Sheriff in the video posted on his Facebook page.

After the bomb squad arrived at the site, it was determined that the bomb was incent, and to get rid of it, soldiers from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa were sent to the site. According to Fox News, In the place where the airport is now located, in the past, during World War II, there was a Brooksville military base where bombers were trained.

Sources: Fox News, Hernando County Sheriff's Office

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