Florida kids dig up WWII era practice bomb in backyard

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click to enlarge Florida kids dig up WWII era practice bomb in backyard
Photo via Boca Raton Police/Facebook

Last Friday, June 7, a group of kids in Boca Raton were digging in a backyard, and stumbled upon a device labeled “practice bomb.”

According to Boca Raton Police Department, it turns out the device was actually a World War II MK-43 practice bomb, that was most likely left over from the nearby Boca Raton Army Air Field.

Almost surprisingly, the kids did the right thing and called their mom when they found the practice bomb, and she immediately called the police. The Boca Raton bomb squad quickly arrived, identified what type of bomb it is, and relocated it elsewhere.

The Boca Raton historical society will be displaying the accidentally-found, 70-year-old practice bomb sometime in the near future.

Thousands of practice bombs leftover from WWII are found across the world every year, and many are much larger and more dangerous than the MK-43 that these kids found last week. Boca Raton chief of police stressed that it’s best to contact the local police if a hazardous  looking item is ever found.

A few years ago authorities found and detonated a WWII bomb near the Don CeSar in St. Pete Beach.

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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