Recent press articles report that several WWII-era bombs were found on January 2024 at Choctawhatchee Bay, which borders popular tourist destinations such as Fort Walton Beach.

The discoveries included two 250-pound bombs plus a 1,000-pound bomb and county officials said that the bombs were estimated to be approximately 80 years old.

All three bombs are considered relics of an era when parts of the local area were used as bombing ranges, and pose a significant risk to the general public.

What happens next?

Divers from a Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit plan to detonate the three unexploded bombs on February 14, in a below the surface operation. However, if marine mammals are present or the weather proves too dangerous, the operation might be delayed.

Officials have reported that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors are credited with finding the WWII-era bombs in two different spots: The 250-pound bombs were discovered near Two Georges Marina in Shalimar, Florida and the 1,000-pound bomb was found during an Air-Force funded routine remedial investigation of the Bay Legacy Range.

Residents and businesses around Florida bay will not be required to evacuate during the detonations, but people, vessels and water-based activities will have to avoid the exclusion area. The sheriff’s office said: “The U.S. Coast Guard Destin and Okaloosa Sheriff’s office will have people patrolling the area to prevent boaters from entering the safety zone”.

Disposal & Clearance Operation

The three unexploded bombs were successfully detonated and disposed of in a below the surface operation on February 14, please see images and a video of the operation below.

Crews safely detonate three WWII-era bombs in Florida bay. (Video credit © Fox News)

WWII-era unexploded bombs detonated in Florida
Multiple agencies and the media watched as the WWII-era bombs were detonated on February 14, 2024. (Image credit © Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners)

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