Construction workers at a college near the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport in Florida made a startling discovery on Tuesday when they uncovered a 1,000-pound bomb dating back to the World War II era. According to Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, his office received a call in the afternoon from the workers, who found the bomb in the northeast corner of the airport grounds. Despite its rusty and decayed appearance, the workers believed the bomb to be inactive.
Sheriff Nienhuis emphasized the need for caution, stating that although it appears inert, its condition makes it impossible to determine definitively. As a precautionary measure, authorities evacuated everyone within a half-mile radius of the artifact.
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office bomb team arrived at the scene later in the evening to assess the situation. Fortunately, they confirmed that the device was indeed inert, alleviating concerns about its potential explosiveness.
The Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport, where the bomb was discovered, has historical significance, serving as a military airfield during World War II. Originally an auxiliary airfield to the active MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the airport played a vital role in military operations from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945.
Laura Anderson, a spokesperson from MacDill Air Force Base, disclosed that the unexploded ordnance is essentially an empty shell and poses no explosive threat. MacDill Air Force Base is considering displaying the artifact in a museum to commemorate its historical significance.
The incident serves as a reminder of the enduring impact of World War II and the remnants of that era that still occasionally surface, prompting careful attention and response from authorities.