WWII Bomb found in Tallahassee detonated, original source still uncertain

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Update: Lanetra Bennett
November 17, 2016

The device found by construction workers in Tallahassee.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Military officials say the device that was detonated might have been as old as the 1930s.

The World War II bomb was found at a construction site on Madison Street Wednesday. It led to an evacuation of the College Town area for hours.

Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City sent a team of four to detonate the bomb. Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson told WCTV they can't say where that bomb came from. He said the reason is because it's so old and because there were so many training air fields in Northwest Florida.

FSU student Julia Docobo said, "I knew it was about to go off, but I wasn't sure when. All of a sudden, it was like a huge explosion. The walls shook, everything shook. I'm surprised honestly that nothing fell off the wall."

Docobo was in her apartment bedroom when a World War Two bomb went off Wednesday night.

Many people speculate the bomb came from the Dale Mabry Field, which is a U.S. Army airfield once in the area of now Tallahassee Community College. However, military officials say they cannot confirm that.

FSU student Mike Fernandez said, "It's a very important find. It's a part of our nation's history, very important, especially since we're in our state's capital. A lot of history here. So, the fact that it was found here, even though it was dangerous."

A local historian says the closest runway from the old airfield was about two miles from where the bomb was found near Madison and Gay Streets. He said, "that's a pretty good distance."

Docobo said, "They did it really safely. It's lucky that they had this huge construction site open because there's nothing really around. They kept everyone inside."

The military representative said it's not unusual to find old war bombs. He says being old makes them very unstable, so that's why they have to handle situations with an abundance of caution.

This is not the first time this has happened. A bomb was discovered in March 1990.

No reports of any other bombs found at this time.

Update: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 16, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department says a World War II era bomb that was found by construction workers at a site in College Town has been successfully detonated and the area has been deemed safe.

The 325th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight from Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City was called to the scene at 702 West Madison Street by TPD on Wednesday to investigate the device and confirmed that it was, in fact, munition from the World War II era.

The team determined that the bomb needed to be disposed of on site, so teams dug a 14 foot-deep hole and placed the bomb inside. They carefully covered it with sandbags and then used a charge to safely detonate it.

Residents from the surrounding apartments that had been evacuated for several hours were then allowed to return to their homes.

Tallahassee Police said in a press release Wednesday, "TPD reminds residents to never touch or approach a suspected explosive device. If you find one, leave the area immediately and call 911. Do not touch or manipulate it in any way, as the slightest movement may trigger an explosion."

By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 16, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Tallahassee Police Department has evacuated apartment complexes and has closed off portions of streets in College Town to investigate a possible bomb.

According to TPD, officers responded to 702 West Madison Street in Tallahassee on Wednesday after a construction crew found a possible World War II-style bomb in the area.

A member of TPD's Bomb Team responded to the scene and determined that the device could indeed be an actual bomb.

According to the commercial developer that owns the property, North American Properties, construction is underway on a 5-story student housing facility at the site. Construction crews found the artifact late Tuesday when they uprooted a tree and it fell from the roots. Supervisors were notified about the discovery and called local authorities on Wednesday.

Local officials are now consulting with experts from Eglin Air Force Base to determine the exact nature of the device.

Nearby portions of Gay Street and Gaines Street are closed off as crews investigate. TPD is asking people to avoid the area until it is deemed safe.

This is developing story. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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