Air Force detonates WWII bomb near Florida State campus


A construction crew near the Tallahassee campus of Florida State University uncovered what appeared to be a World War II-era bomb, prompting Air Force personnel to come out and detonate the device.

The supposed bomb was unearthed just a mile away from the state Capital by construction crews who were excavating a hole in a trendy neighborhood near the FSU campus.

After discovering the aging munition, the construction crew notified the police. Upon arrival, Tallahassee police cordoned off an area and dispatched the aid of the 325th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Flight out of Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City.

When one resident asked how big the bomb was, a TPD officer stretched his arms out wide.

“Will we be notified if there’s a concern?” a student yelled from a second-story window. An officer replied, “The entire building will be evacuated.”

Clearing the neighborhood, personnel dug a large hole and buried the bomb with dirt to mitigate fragmentation damage.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, a controlled detonation took place at 9:30 PM, with a school notification being sent out to students just moments before the blast.

“I had just read it, and about 15 seconds later it went off,” student Shannon Glassner said.

While the blast was described as being “like a really loud thunder” that shook windows, Glassner said she wasn’t frightened by the explosion.

“I’m more just amused, and I’m worried about if there’s going to be any more and how that was overlooked before,” she said.

Tallahassee was home to the Dale Mabry Army Airfield during the Second World War, where countless USAAF fighter units trained in preparation for deployments, as well as Chinese and Free French Air Force pilots. Aircraft ranging from the P-47 Thunderbolt to the P-51 Mustang were a regular sight until 1945, when the airfield was closed and returned to civilian hands.

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