While working on the construction of Wilton Simpson Technical College, a construction crew in Brooksville, Florida made an unexpected discovery. Near the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV), they found an inert World War II-era bomb. The condition of the bomb makes it difficult to determine whether it is live or not. Sheriff Al Nienhuis explained that due to the bomb’s rust and decay, it is impossible to determine with certainty.
Bomb experts from Citrus County and MacDill examined the bomb and determined it to be inert on Tuesday. The Brooksville Army Airfield, which was active from 1942-1947, was one of several military bases used during World War II for pilot and ground crew training, including training for bomb squadrons. This historic significance makes the discovery of the inert bomb a noteworthy event.
The area around BKV is now a civilian airport, but its past as an army airfield holds great importance. MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and Drew Army Airfield were also used during this time for similar purposes. The discovery of this inert bomb serves as a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who served during World War II and the important role military bases played in training pilots and ground crews for combat.