Several constructions workers from a site in Florida discovered an unexploded WWII bomb while pulling out the roots of a tree.
Working in constructions may seem uneventful, but, in reality, it’s a job with many unknowns and dangers. This is what a team of employees working on a construction site from Florida found out while trying to uproot a tree.
The site on which the unexploded device was found was recently purchased by the North American Properties, and it’s presently being cleared out to make room for a five-story apartment complex, according to sources inside the company.
While trying to uproot a tree, a team of construction workers remarked that a strangely-shaped object fell from the tree’s roots and got stuck in the ground. Using a backhoe, the construction workers managed to dislodge the object, only to find out that it was an unexploded WWII bomb.
Immediately after they’ve realized what they were actually dealing with, the site’s foreman evacuated the construction site and alerted the local police department. In turn, the Police alerted the nearby US Air Force base which sent an ordinance disposal team to investigate.
The Air Force officers confirmed that the object found by the construction workers was indeed a bomb produced during the Second World War and that its warhead was still active.
In order to dispose of the bomb in a safe manner, the bomb disposal personnel dug a hole and buried the bomb in it. The whole area was evacuated. At approximately, 9:30 pm, the Air Force personnel safely detonated the unexploded warhead.
At the moment, the authorities together with the construction worked are combing the area to ensure that there are no more unexploded WWII bombs.
While these occurrences are quite rare, they are, nonetheless dangerous. Relics of the past World War can be found scattered all over the world. Things like Zippo lighters, helmets, dog tags, and spent ammunition are quite frequent sightings, and they pose no threat.
However, not every relic of World War II can be harmless. Unexploded anti-personnel mines, unspent field artillery ammo, and hand grenades often cost the life of those who discover them.
So, if you think that you might have stumbled upon such a device, don’t tamper with it. Hop on the horn and call the authorities which can dispose of it in a safe manner.
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