Cops say 1,000-pound bomb discovered at Florida airport prompts evacuation half a mile away
Discovery A large bomb from the World War II era Investigators said the burial of bodies at a regional airport in Florida prompted an evacuation that stretched half a mile in each direction.
A construction company is credited with finding the 1,000-pound explosive while a crew was digging Helicopter drive near Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional airportThe Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, February 6. The airport is located about 50 miles north of Tampa.
She was buried in the northeast corner of the airport, an area that “was being used as a bombing range at the time,” the sheriff’s office told McClatchy News.
Hernando County Police Chief Al Nienhuis said the bomb was “Until it rusts and decomposes “There is certainly no way to know whether it is live or inert ammunition.” He added that the evacuation included closing roads in the area.
The discovery was made around 3 p.m. Tuesday, and about three hours later bomb squad experts with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office declared the weapon inactive, officials said.
“A team from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa still plans to respond to the scene to assist in disposing of the ordnance,” the sheriff’s office said.
Officials said the bomb was found in a location intended to host the Wilton Simpson Technical College campus in Brooksville.
Ordnance experts identified it as an AN-M65 GP grenade.
“M65 1000 lbs General purpose grenade (GP). It was typically used against reinforced targets such as dams and concrete or steel railroad bridges, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force reported. “The P-47 Thunderbolt can carry two M65s, while the B-26 medium bomber can carry four.”
(tags for translation)Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport