Other wayward military projectile was found in Florida, this time by a person removing dirt in his yard with a bulldozer.
It was the homeowner who called 911, reporting an apparent World War II explosive in his backyard on Kindlewood Trail in Brooksville, according to the Jan. 20 news release. Brooksville is about 50 miles north of Tampa.
Investigators did not disclose whether the bulldozer hit the missile or just exposed it.
In any case, the Hernando County Police did not take any chances. He called the Citrus County Police bomb squad to help remove the rocket, and they called the bomb disposal team at MacDill Air Force Base, officials said.
“Once both teams were on site, it was learned that the owner had dug up the military artifact with his bulldozer,” Citrus County Police reported. “After several x-rays and investigations, it was determined that the device was a World War II practice rocket.
“It was deemed safe to move the rocket and MacDill’s bomb disposal team safely removed the rocket and transported it back to Tampa.”
The rocket’s fate was not revealed, and how it came to be buried in someone’s backyard remains a mystery.
According to the police, the find came a few days after a projectile World War I anti-ships was taken to a pawn shop in North Port, Florida. The projectile had never been fired.
Traffic was diverted around the pawnshop until the shell was removed by the Air Force for safe disposal. Investigators have not reported where the pawn shop customer found the projectile.
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