An old-timey WWII bomb was found and safely detonated on a St. Petersburg beach Sunday


  • Photo via Bay News 9

Authorities were able to safely dispose of a barnacle-covered WWII bomb that washed up on a St. Petersburg beach Sunday afternoon, July 19.  

The flash bomb, which were once used to illuminate the night sky, was found near the 22nd Avenue beach access point. According to Bay News 9, bomb experts cleared about 60 homes and nearby businesses before blowing up the historical bomb with C4, at around 5:10 p.m. 

"Because the devices can still be dangerous, law enforcement personnel built a sand wall around it set up a 300-yard perimeter. A sand wall was also built around a nearby turtle nest," reported Bay News 9.  

You can watch a video of the explosion here

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